Somalia: Gun Battle Between TPLF And Insurgents Kills One in Mogadishu Overnight

March 13th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

Aweys Osman Yusuf

March 12, 2007

One civilian was killed and at least 5 were wounded by cross-fire last night after Somalia’s insurgents attacked a TPLF military base in south of the capital Mogadishu.

Ahmed Abdulahi Farah, a resident in Gubta neighborhood, has told Shabelle on Monday morning that the five were wounded by cross-fire as TPLF Soldiers and unknown gunmen exchanged artillery bombs and gunshots in 30 minutes.
He said 13 year-old boy was killed by the stray bullets.

“Inhabitants of the neighborhood had to flee because the sounds of the artillery and the bullets flying over us were unbearable,” he said. “Two rockets also landed at the neighborhood, but no one was hurt in the explosions,” he said.
Shabelle reporters, who went to former Defense Ministry where a contingent of TPLF troops are based, to cover last night’s incident were beaten and detained briefly by TPLF forces in the area.

Tahte, a reporter with Shabelle said “The TPLF confiscated our comers and small tape recorders. We have been beaten by some of the troops, asking us repeated questions,” he said.

The reporters were released after more than an hour detention.

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