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SOMALIA: Newly trained fighters reach Mogadishu

May 16, 2010

The following article is reprinted with permission from Mareeg Online.

Somalia:  Newly trained fighters reach Mogadishu
©  Mareeg Online
May 15, 2010

MOGADISHU – Hundreds of al-Shabaab newly, trained fighters have reached the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, witnesses say.

Officials from al-Shabaab group said seven hundred fighters who were recently trained in towns in southern Somalia reached the capital to reinforce their fighters fighting in Mogadishu.

Residents who reside along the road that connects Mogadishu and Afgoye, a town 30 km south of Mogadishu, said they saw hundreds of al-Shabaab militias armed to the teeth pouring towards the capital.

Vehicles mounted with anti aircraft machine guns known as ‘technicals’ or ‘battle wagons’ were escorting the militias.

The group is fighting for to topple the fragile government led by President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and also to force the African Union troops to withdraw from the capital Mogadishu.

Mareeg Online

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