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At least three people were killed and more than five were injured, as Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and African Union peacekeepers (known as AMISOM) fought against the al-Shabaab insurgent group in Mogadishu late on Monday night.
Fighting broke out in the Somali capital after al-Shabaab fighters attacked TFG and AMISOM bases in the former defense ministry, Gulwadayaasha military camp, Jale Siyad faculty and Ex-control Afgoye junction.
Local residents told Somalia Report that they could hear the heavy gunfire and artillery, which both side using during two hours of fighting.
“The fighting erupted about 11:00pm (local time), and continued till 1:00am. Both sides used heavy gunfire,” Ahmed Hussein, a resident in Albarako village of Hodan district, told Somalia Report. “The heaviest fighting happened on Warshadaha (Industrial) street. I confirmed three people died and five other injured.”
Ahmed added that mortars hit their village but no casualties reported.
Colonel Ahmed Hashi, a former Somali military officer based in Nairobi, believes that the insurgents can retake their bases in Mogadishu if the government does not immediately reach Huriwa and Dayniile districts, which are still controlled by the insurgents.
“Hit and run attacks are the loosest attacks on your enemy. The government has given the insurgents a chance to regroup,” he told Somalia Report. “TFG and AMISOM must reach the rest of the districts of Mogadishu immediately otherwise they will lose their new bases.”
“You know the Islamists defeated Ethiopia after two years of hit and run attacks, but at that time they had the support of the civilians,” he added. “The people are eagerly waiting for TFG troops to control southern regions, but TFG leaders are busy with the political rift between them and how to expend their leadership.”
Hit and Run Attacks Effective and Deadly
Meanwhile, at least 45 people have been killed during hit and run attacks in Mogadishu since al-Shabaab vacated the capital.
On August 7th, nine people were killed and 13 others were injured as the insurgents launched attacks on TFG bases in Dayniile district.
On August 8th, at least two TFG soldiers were killed and two others were injured as al-Shabaab launched hit and run attacks on TFG bases in Yaqshid district of Mogadishu. Also on that day, 14 people were killed and more than 20 were injured after heavy fighting and shelling erupted in Yaqshid district of Mogadishu. Later that day, an attempted suicide attack failed when a vehicle full of explosive devices blew up on the outskirts of Mogadishu during his way to Ex-control junction, where TFG troops based.
On August 9th, four people were killed and five others were injured as al-Shabaab attacked AMISOM bases in Abdiaziz district of Mogadishu.
After one week of stability, on August 16th, six people were killed and ten others were injured as al-Shabaab fighters and TFG troops clashed in Yaqshid and Karan districts.
On August 17th, seven people were killed and more than 15 were injured as clashes broke out between AMISOM-TFG forces against al-Shabaab.
On August 21, at least three civilians were injured as al-Shabaab attacked TFG base in Dharkinley district with hand grenades.
On August 23th, three people were killed and ten others were injured as the insurgents launched hit and run attacks on TFG bases in Yaqshid district.
On August 24th TFG police in Dharkinley district foiled a suicide attack after they captured three men and their explosives trying to attack TFG base in that district.
On August 27th, at least ten people were killed and 15 others were injured as the insurgents attacked AMISOM and TFG bases in Mogadishu. Also that day TFG security forces foiled an attempted suicide attack after they captured a vehicle full of explosive device in KM4 junction. Also al-Shabaab attacked the TFG police stations with grenades in Waberi, Dharkinley and Hamar-weyne districts, but no casualties were reported.