Wednesday, July 7, 2010
At least 10 people were killed and other dozens wounded after rival Islamists clashed in Mogadishu, witnesses said late on Tuesday.
Militias from Hizbul Islam and Al-Shabaab clashed late Monday in the southern Mogadishu village of Labo-dhagah.
A resident Abdihakim Omar told AfricaNews that eight Hizbul Islam militias were shot dead by gunmen in minibus while other two Al-shabaab militias were killed minutes later outside a close by mosque as retaliation.
Reports say the clash erupted after both groups disagreed over administration power-sharing in the areas controlled by Hizbul Islam.
Last month, Al-Qaeda linked group of Al-shabaab urged Hizbul Islam to join their group. “If Hizbul Islam refuses the call, we will consider them as enemy,” said spokesman Ali Mahamud Raage.
Islamist rivals Alshabaab and Hizbul Islam have been already united for fighting against Somali government and AU peace-keeping forces in Somalia, the war-torn country.
But in the last year, both rivals clashed for the control of the port town Kismayo, around 310 miles (500 kilometers) south of the capital of Mogadishu. They were fighting for taxes from shipping that is a major income in the city where Al-shabaab finally took over.
The fighting among Islamist rivals will be good news and welcomed to western backed government led by Sharif Sheikh Ahmed who is seeking urgent support from the international community to help his government combat Islamist insurgents.
Islamist insurgents run most of southern Somalia and government controls a few areas in the capital Mogadishu, where AU sent 5,000- strong peacekeepers. Western security agencies warned that Somalia is becoming a haven for international terrorists.
Posted by Cole at 3:46 PM