Insurgetns control most of Mogadishu but still don't have all of them. The government is planning an offensive to break out from their besieged enclave in the city (which is the only bit of Somalia the TFG controlls)Fighting Kills Three in North Mogadishu, Remaining Teenagers Express Concern
At least three people have been killed in north of the Mogadishu after fighting between the transitional government troops and Muslim fighters there, just as the remaining teenagers in the war zone started expressing concern about the clashes, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Monday.
Reporters say that a mortar shell landed at a house in the area Lido in Shibis district killed three people as heavy shelling between the two sides continued on Sunday evening.
Locals said that several other people were reportedly wounded in the same area in the north of the capital.
The teenagers in those neighborhoods expressed concern about the repeated fighting between the two sides in Mogadishu suggesting for the two rival sides to halt the war.
"We are sports men, we are not fighting, and these two warring sides are exchanging the heaviest weapon that had not been seen earlier. This is out of tolerance so we are requesting from the two sides to stop fighting. You know were here for keeping our houses here in Mogadishu," said one witnesses.
"Yes, a mortar shell has hit a house which is near to me three people were killed. There are other people who were wounded in the clashes, so we can say that it is intolerable thing, please and please stop the fighting," added the witnesses.
There have been military movements in both warring sides in Mogadishu recently.http://allafrica.com/stories/201002150935.htmlOver 120 Ugandan Police Officers Leave for Somalia
Kampala — Uganda Police personnel have been deployed to train Somali police under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
The first batch of personnel left yesterday for Nairobi where they will undergo a short orientation course before they head to Mogadishu.
Over 2,600 Uganda People's Defense Forces are in Somalia under the African Union (AU) sponsored peacekeeping mission.
Interpol director Fred Kiyagga said there were a lot of activities within the Police force, with several groups trained and commissioned to serve abroad.
The deployment followed the arrival of a team of officials from the AMISOMâ-àwhich last year camped in Kampala and interviewed several Police.
Kiyagga said the personnel would be assigned in groups as per the union schedule. The group included the Kampala Metropolitan former Police publicist, Simeo Nsubuga and Assistant Commissioner of Police Joram Baryayagha.
"Many returned and have been on standby as we wait for assignments from the union because they cannot take everyone," the human resource manager, Benson Nyeko said.
This will be the first Police team to serve in Somalia under the union.
Sources revealed that other countries like Nigeria had also sent personnel for training.http://allafrica.com/stories/201002150747.htmlSuicide Blast Burns Four TFG Military Convoy in Mogadishu
A suicide blast used for a car filled with explosive things has burnt 4 military convoy of the transitional government at around Ambassador Hotel in Somali capital Mogadishu, sources said on Monday.
Reports say that the explosion was targeted to the military vehicles traveling on near Ambassador, a hotel accommodated by government officials and very close KM4, a strategic base for the African Union troops (AMISOM) in Mogadishu.
At least 5 civilians were reportedly killed in the explosion according to a bus driver whose car was among the burned vehicles.
No government official has yet talked the blast and it is unclear what casualties reached to the transitional government officials.
Latest reports say the explosion was targeted to a military vehicle belonged by the state minter of the defense affairs of the TFG.
We shall keep updating you for any further details about the news as soon as possible.http://allafrica.com/stories/201002150936.htmlState Minister Explains Today's Blasts in Mogadishu
Sheik Yusuf Mohamed Siad (Inda'adde), the state minister of the transitional government has Monday held press conference in Mogadishu and explained more about today's blasts which targeted to his convoys at around Ambassador hot in the capital.
The minister said that the explosion was aimed at him saying that there were no casualties reached himself, his security men and also his vehicles pointing out that it will not affect his duties for the transitional government.
He said in his press conference that he would redouble the fighting he is against to the opposition of the transitional government of Somalia
Asked about what kind were the explosions, the state minister replied that they were at least 3 constant blasts prepared to murder him, but he said that he said that he was saved from them accusing that the explosions were masterminded by the rival sides of the TFG.http://allafrica.com/stories/201002160209.htmlFour Al Shabaab Fighters Killed in Bakara Blast
At least four Somali Al-Shabaab fighters have been killed and over 10 others injured in an explosion that rocked their base in restive capital Mogadishu.
The explosion, which is still unclear its cause, happened inside a health centre in the Bakara Market, an Al-Shabaab's stronghold, where top officials of the group, including Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur and others were meeting.
"A big explosion rocked the helath centre yesterday night. It caused death and destructions," a trader who requested anonymity.
Close sources said Abu Mansur escaped unhurt but some Al-Shabaab fighters, who were admitted in the centre, were not lucky.
The explosion come a day after Abu Mansur declared Jihad agsint the UN-backed government and AU forces in the capital Mogadishu.
Meanwhile, a Somali lawmaker who went missing on Thursday, has come out publicly to declare his support for Al-Shabaab.
Lawmaker Salah Nur Ismael aka Badbado announced in a press conference that he has ditched the government for the militant group.
"I left the government because it failed to rule the country in accordance to the Islamic law. And I joined a group that wants to accomplish it," he told reporters while under the guard of heavily armed Al-Shabaab militiamen.
The lawmaker, who is from northern Somalia (Somaliland), accused AU troops and government forces of indiscriminate attacks against the population, which are under their rule.
He is the first lawmaker to desert the government to the opposition since the formation of Sheikh Sharif's government, which has former Muslim leaders in its ranks, more than one year ago
The government has recently announced plans to pacify the capital and other regions from Muslim rule.http://allafrica.com/stories/201002151016.htmlTen Killed in Mogadishu Fighting
At least 10 civilians were killed and 15 others injured in heavy fighting between Somali government forces and insurgents in the Somalia's restive capital Mogadishu, witnesses said on Monday.
Insurgent fighters from Al-Shabaab carried out overnight attacks on Somali government positions in the northern districts of Shibis and Abdiasis, prompting response from the government forces, claiming the lives of innocent civilians who include women and children.
"I saw the dead bodies of atleast four civilians after the two sides exchanged Mortar shells and machine guns," said Ahmed Farah, an eyewitness.
The injured have been admitted in different Mogadishu hospitals. The warring sides have both claimed victory in the latest flare up of violence.
The war-riddled capital has experienced heavy clashes that killed several civilians in recent days.http://allafrica.com/stories/201002160295.htmlFresh Surge in Deadly Violence in Capital Sparks Alarm From UN Official
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia expressed grave concern today at the latest spike in violence in the capital, Mogadishu, which has killed at least 80 civilians and forced more than 8,000 others to flee their homes since the start of the month.
Mark Bowden, who is also the UN Resident Coordinator in Somalia, said the most recent fighting has been focused in northern Mogadishu, especially the districts of Heliwa, Yaaqshiid and Wardhiigleey.
"I am alarmed by the large number of casualties emanating from recent fighting," he said in a statement released today, adding that "civilians continue to bear the brunt of conflict and insecurity in the country.ï¿½
The worst of the latest fighting between Government forces and al-Shabaab militiamen is reported to have occurred on 10 February, when 24 people died and nearly 160 others had to be hospitalized with war-related injuries.
About a third of the people fleeing the fighting have moved to other neighbourhoods within Mogadishu, but the majority have moved out of the city to the so-called Afgooye corridor, a strip of makeshift shelters which stretches 30 kilometres west of the capital and is already home to an estimated 366,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Other UN officials, including representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), have also spoken out in recent days about the latest violence in Mogadishu.
Mr. Bowden appealed today to the parties to the conflict to minimize risks to civilians by abiding by international humanitarian law.
Mogadishu is among the most war-wracked parts of Somalia, where about 1.4 million people are internally displaced and millions more live in neighbouring countries such as Kenya. Somalia has not had a functioning national government since 1991.http://allafrica.com/stories/201002160296.html'We Started Operations Against Blasts, to Assure Security of Mogadishu' Policehttp://allafrica.com/stories/201002160908.htmlhttp://allafrica.com/stories/201002170267.htmlSoldiers' Confrontation Kills Two Civilians in Mogadishu
Somalia — At least two civilians have been killed at around Ex-control Afgoi checkpoint in south of the Somali capital Mogadishu after government soldiers exchanged bitter gunfire there in south of the capital, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Wednesday.
Reports say that confrontation between the two sides came as some of the government troops tried to rob public traffic which was traveling on the long street that connects between Mogadishu and Afgoi which caused others soldiers to intervene the robbing action that caused both sides to fight each other killing two civilians who were on board the traffic.
The driver of the bus confirmed to Shabelle radio that two passengers were killed and another one injured as the exchange continued at Ex-control in south of the capital.
No casualties were reported from the government soldiers who fought thought other sources indicated that a government soldier died in the fighting.
A resident woman said that the situation of the areas was normal saying that the traffic using the street were carefully traveling on the road adding that sound of sporadic gunfire could still be heard in the areas.
She said that the fighting between the two sides of the government troops had affected them saying that a teenager was shot and killed in the areas on Tuesday.
It is not the first or second time that government troops exchange weapons and cause civilian casualties in Mogadishu.http://allafrica.com/stories/201002170781.htmlFire Exchange Kills Three Soldiers in Mogadishu
At least three government soldiers have been killed in Mogadishu after fire exchange between government troops started between Dabka and Wehliye hotel in the capital, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Thursday.
Reports say that more troops of the transitional Federal Government had intervened to the warring soldiers and achieved to halt the fighting in the capital which was going on at Mekka Al-mukarama, a strategic street that connects between Km4 and the presidential palace.
The real aim of the fighting is unclear so far and government soldiers had taken the troops' bodies from the stop they were shot in the areas where the clashes started.
One of the residents told Shabelle radio that there were no people injured as the fighting clashes continued adding that the situation of the areas had returned calm.mhttp://allafrica.com/stories/201002180846.html