A medic at Hodur hospital said the death toll from Wednesday morning's fighting was expected to top 20."We killed about 20 of them and destroyed two armed vehicles," regional Shebab commander Sheikh Hasan Derow told AFP.Somalia's top Shebab commander Sheikh Mukhtar Robow said Hodur, some 300 kilometres (185 miles) northwest of the capital, was now under his group's control."The mujahedeen (fighters) took control of Hodur and the situation in the town is calm," Robow told AFP.The Shebab, a former military youth wing of an Islamist movement ousted by Ethiopia-backed Somali forces two years ago, had carried out relentless attacks against the Ethiopian forces who withdrew from Somalia last month.In recent months, the Shebab have also launched operations against rival Somali factions and conquered large swathes of territory, leaving government forces in control of little more than a handful of blocks in Mogadishu.Fighting also resumed in Mogadishu between an Islamist militia and government forces backed by African Union troops, a day after some of the bloodiest clashes since the president's January 31 election.A total of seven civilians were killed by artillery shells that hit houses, witnesses said. Three more people were killed in northern Mogadishu, raising an earlier toll of four."I was giving lessons to the students when a mortar shell struck the school, killing a child and wounding four others," said Mohamed Adan Yusuf.The clashes were less intense by late afternoon, but sporadic fire could still be heard, an AFP correspondent reported.
At least 23 people were killed and more than 90 wounded in clashes in the violence-wracked Somali capital Tuesday.Fighters loyal to Hizb al-Islamiya (Islamic Party) aka cayr/habar-gidir wing of al-shabaab claimed responsibility for the clashes, which erupted after they attacked government forces south of Mogadishu.Hizb al-Islamiya and the radical Islamist Shebab fighters have intensified their battles against the government of Sheikh Sharif, a moderate Islamist elected president under United Nations-brokered reconciliation talks...more..http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/090225/world/somalia_unrest
back to square one today
Dark Day .history of Somalia .January 26, 1991.Collapse of the somali nation( Key Plays)