Sun Sep 24, 2017 | 14:07
Somali clashes leave 13 soldiers dead
Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:00:46 GMT
Font size :
Somali government forces (file photo)
At least 13 Somali soldiers have been killed after clashes broke out between al-Shabab fighters and the transitional government troops in the capital Mogadishu.

The troops were killed Tuesday night after al-Shabab fighters launched an ambush against Somali military bases in Dayniile district of northern Mogadishu, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Scores of al-Shabab fighters were also killed and wounded during the fighting.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The Somali government has struggled for years to restore security but efforts have not yet yielded results.

Nearly a million people have died following years of fighting between rival warlords and also due to the country's inability to deal with famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 IDPs have been sheltered in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in squalid conditions at makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

MP/AKM/MB
Comment
Your Name
Your Comment
Enter the code shown
terms of use

x
Popular
  • last 24 hours
  • last week
  • last month
© 2009 Press TV. All rights reserved.