Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali troops and Al-Shabab militants

Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali troops and Al-Shabab militants
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Updated 17 October 2020

Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali troops and Al-Shabab militants

Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali troops and Al-Shabab militants
  • Al-Shabab has been fighting for more than 10 years to dislodge the country’s central government

MOGADISHU: Dozens of soldiers and insurgents were killed in two days of fighting between Somali government forces and Al-Shabab militants northwest of the capital Mogadishu, a witness told Reuters on Friday.
Somalia’s state news agency Sonna said the military had killed about 50 fighters from the extremist group. No immediate account of the battle was available from the militants.
Hussein Ali, a farmer in the Afgoye area, told Reuters he and other civilians had been trapped in the crossfire during two nights of fighting.
“The Somali government transported dozens of dead bodies. Likewise, Al-Shabab took dozens of their bodies. They both suffered blows,” he said, adding he had counted at least 20 bodies on both sides.
Sonna, the state news agency, said that among the insurgents killed was a commander it identified as Osman il Fidow. “Al-Shabab buried its dead bodies in another village called Bulo Yarey,” it said.
Neither the Somali military nor Al-Shabab could be reached for comment. Both sides often give sharply different figures of fatalities in skirmishes.
Al-Shabab has been fighting for more than 10 years to dislodge the country’s central government.
The group frequently carries out gun assaults and bombings of both military and civilian targets and has also carried out attacks on regional targets, especially in neighboring Kenya.


Iraq delays general election to Oct. 10

Iraq delays general election to Oct. 10
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Iraq delays general election to Oct. 10

Iraq delays general election to Oct. 10
  • Early elections were a key demand of anti-government protesters who staged mass demonstrations that started in October 2019

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s cabinet decided on Tuesday to postpone the general election to Oct. 10 from June, the state news agency INA said.
The elections had been brought forward to June 6, roughly a year early, following a proposal by Iraq’s Independent High Election Commission (IHEC), which wanted more time to organize the polls.
Early elections were a key demand of anti-government protesters who staged mass demonstrations that started in October 2019. Hundreds were killed by security forces and gunmen suspected of links to militia groups.