At least 12 killed in Somalia fighting: Witnesses

Witnesses say at least 12 people have been killed in Somalia`s capital in fighting between government forces and an Islamic militia group.

Mogadishu: Witnesses say at least 12
people have been killed in Somalia`s capital in fighting
between government forces and an Islamic militia group.
The witnesses said five government soldiers, four
fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group and three civilians
died during the one-hour battle today.
Government officials, though, deny any of their
soldiers were killed. Al-Shabab spokesman Sheik Ali Mohamud
Rage declined to comment on casualties.

The battle began when al-Shabab fighters attacked a
government base in the southwest Mogadishu area of Dharkenlay.

Islamist insurgents have been trying to topple
Somalia`s Western-backed government for three years. They now
control large parts of the country`s centre and south.

PTI

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