3 soldiers killed in Mogadishu clash
Three pro-government soldiers have been killed and four others injured in south Mogadishu in another day of heavy fighting in which anti-government forces engaged African Union (AU) and Somali government troops.
The three soldiers were killed in a hit-and-run attack by armed men in the Dharkenley district of south Mogadishu on Friday, but it is not clear if the attackers were members of Hizbul Islam or al-Shabab, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.
The anti-government forces also attacked AU bases in the Somali capital and the positions of Somali government troops on Friday, while the AU and Somali government troops used missiles to attack the fighters' bases in south Mogadishu.
In addition, al-Shabab fighters have threatened to attack US bases in Africa.
Al-Shabab have also warned that they plan to carry out attacks in Uganda because they believe the Ugandan troops in the AU peacekeeping force have killed innocent civilians through indiscriminate small arms fire and artillery attacks in Mogadishu.
On Friday evening, Somali Prime Minster Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo condemned the fighting between rival clans in the Mudug and Galgaduud regions and called for an immediate ceasefire.
The Somali government has dispatched a team of elders to the area to attempt to resolve the dispute and they are expected to arrive on Saturday, the Somali prime minster said.
The death toll in the inter-clan fighting has hit 45 and about 70 people have been injured, with both sides using light and heavy arms, eyewitnesses told the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu by telephone.
On Friday, senior al-Shabab member Fuad Mohamed Khalaf issued a statement condemning the inter-clan fighting and saying that al-Shabab would capture the warlords who instigated the clan fighting and would deal with them according to the al-Shabab interpretation of sharia (Islamic law).