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Islamic militiamen capture key positions near Somali capital


Militia of Islamic courts is reported to have taken the control of other main positions from anti terror alliance in fierce battle in northeast outskirt of the capital Somalia, killing fourteen militiamen from both sides on Saturday. Reports say.

The militia of Islamic courts' union seized three key positions including formerly military camp Hilweine, El-Irfid and Aliyale villages alongside the road to Balad town of middle Shabelle region, sources confirmed.

“Fierce gun battle is going on around formerly Hilweine military camp near Balad town of middle Shabelle region, with both rival sides are exchanging artillery gunfire, machine-guns, assault rifles and RPGs” witnesses told Somalinet.

People in the battle area began to flee as the fighting intensified late on Saturday.

The latest battle follows clashes erupted in northeast villages of the capital last week in which Islamic militiamen took the control of main positions from militia of warlords.

However two hundred militias loyal to minister of disarmament and rehabilitation of militias Botan Isse Alin with 15 battlewagons reached in Baidoa town 250km southwest of the capital later today.

Baidoa, is the temporarily capital of the transitional federal government.

The militia themselves said they have decided to join the government since their positions have captured by Islamic courts in the capital.

The acting-minister of interior and minister of agriculture Mohamed Nor Shati Gadud and chief commander of Somali forces Ali Madobe have welcomed the militia to Baidoa.

It is the first time militia of anti terror alliance defected to Baidoa since its establishment on 18 February 2006.

Elsewhere, international aid agencies and foreign relief workers in Jowhar, provisional town of middle Shabelle region began to withdraw from there as the war tension in region is high.

Somali top officials had intensive talks in Baidoa

The speaker of Somali parliament Sharif Hassan Sheik Adam and Prime Minister Gedi who both returned back to the provisional town of Baidoa had unusual, immediate and unscheduled talks on Thursday. Reports say.

The leaders discussed in their close doors meeting over the results from mediation effort that the speaker went for Bosaso town of semi autonomous of Puntland in northeast Somalia to resolve the political stand off between premier Gedi and president of Puntland Adde Muse over the oil production in Puntland regions.

Somali speaker Sharif Hassan detailed premier Gedi the way that ended the conflict and the articles among the deal he signed with Adde Muse.

But Mr. Gedi declined to comment on his view towards the breakthrough of the conflict resolution which had an impact on national government.

Meanwhile many of parliament members and other intellectuals showed their objection to the ratification of the accord signed by Somali speaker and Puntland president regarding to the legality.

Counter-terrorism Alliance militiamen give in.

Reports coming in from Afgoye district in lower shabelle region Indicate that some of counter-terrorism alliance militiamen surrendered to Islamic courts militia accompanying six armored vehicles

These militia gave in, were part of Muse Sudi yalahow’s militiamen who involved in fierce fighting with the to Islamic courts militia, today in Hilwyne area near Balcad district in middle shabelle region.

As close sources say when alliance defeated they defected and surrendered to Islamic courts’ militia in Afoye.

Renewed fighting in Somalia

Intense fighting involving the use of various types of weapons have been reported in Ali Yaalo area of Balcad District in Central Shabelle Region where the Union of Islamic Courts have taken over the control of Ceel Carfiid area.

The fighting between the Islamic Courts Union and the Anti-Terrorism Alliance has caused the loss of life and property although the extent of the losses cannot be ascertained because of the heavy gunfire.

According to Shabelle reporters at the scene, up to three battlewagons have been captured by the Islamic Courts Union militia and there are fears that the fighting could spread to Balcad District.

Nobody has so far bothered to mediate the two sides fighting in Mogadishu and other areas where the fighting has spread.

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