Published On: Tue, May 1st, 2012

Somalia: 11 Killed in Bloody Battle Against Ethiopian Forces

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Hudur — At least 11 people have been killed in the latest clashes between Al Shabaab insurgents and Somali and Ethiopian troops in Somalia’s southern of Bakol, locals said on Tuesday.

Residents told that the clashes sparked after Al Shabaab insurgents stormed the district of Hudur, 420 kilometers (260 miles) southwestern Mogadishu, where Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) troops were largely stationed.

Somali military officials told Shabelle Media station in the capital by telephone from Hudur town that the Al shabab fighters have overnight attacked the town from different direction to take it over.

They also said the TFG forces alongside Ethiopian troops repelled the attacking militants, killing at least 7 fighters.

The official of Somalia military forces did not specify the casualties on TFG side during the battle in Hudur on Monday night which was a tough one that TFG and Ethiopian troops managed to drive back Al Shabaab agents and maintain the control of the town.

Reports indicate that the fighting forced hundreds of local residents to flee from their houses as both warring sides were receiving reinforcements that could lead heavy and deadly battle.

Al shabab, which is battling to topple the UN-backed Somali government and the regional forces under AMSIOM, has yet commented on the combat so far.

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  1. abdi2 says:

    Alshebab is desperate…they know the end is coming. It is time both Somaliland troops and Puntland troops start joint campaigns against them before they threaten peace in their eastern and western borders respectively. Puntland should start acting responsible neighbor, adopt democracy, make move towards peace by ending its coral with Somaliland and work hard toward security of the region. Without cooperation, alshebab will prove difficult to eradicate if they make foot-hold in the region.

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