6 October 2009
Somalia — The Islamist organization of Hizbul Islam has claimed victory over the fighting in out of Kismayu town, just after heavy fighting between the Islamist fighters that continued overnight there, officials told Shabelle radio on Tuesday.
Sheik Osma’il Adow, the spokesman of the Islamist organization of Hizbul Islam for the consulting council said that they had achieved about overnight and yesterday’s fighting between Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen and Hizbul Islam that continued in out of the port town of Kismayu in Lower Jubba region in southern Somalia.
Sheik Adow also said that the clash between the two sides broke out as the bases of their fighters in out of the town were attacked pointing out that both forces exchanged heavy weapons for a while adding that they inflicted more casualties of deaths and injuries to side against them.
The official said three fighters were killed and others were injured from their side during the war which bitterly continued there yesterday until overnight.
There is no comment about yesterday’s fighting which started at Birta-Der village in the west of the town from the representatives of the Islamic administration of Jubba regions based in Kismayu town.
Residents said that there were civilians who were wounded there as the fighting continued saying that they were rushed to the main hospital of Kismayu town in the regional capital of Lower Jubba region.
The statement of the Hizbul Islam organization of claiming victory over the fighting in out of Kismayu town comes as the spokesman of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen held press conference in Mogadishu recently and said that the fighting in and around the port town of Kismayu was not between both Islamist fighters of Hizbul Islam and Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen.
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