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More than 30 insurgents killed in latest Somali clashes, Ethiopia

Posted by African Press International on August 23, 2008

The Ethiopian government, in an unprecedented statement released in Addis Ababa on Friday, said 36 insurgents in Somalia have been killed at a joint operation carried out by the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia backed by the Ethiopian troops.

The ministry of Foreign Affairs said in the statement that the 36 insurgents were killed in Mogadishu at the ongoing clashes between insurgents from Al Shabaab and the government of Somalia, which is being supported by the Ethiopian troops since December 2006.

The ministry said that another 20 were injured while one was arrested by the operation being carried out by the government supported by the Ethiopian troops.

“Two mini buses belonging to the insurgents were also destroyed by the operation. An Al Shabaab top leader was also killed in the operation,” the ministry said.

The ministry, quoting the Ethiopian military spokesperson in Mogadishu said that the Al Shabaab which remains a challenge in bringing peace to Somalia is losing its potential and confidence among the Somalis.

However, according to media reports from Mogadishu, the Islamist insurgents on Friday took control of the southern port of Kismayo.

This weeks clashes in Mogadishu and Kismayo have resulted in the deaths of more ath100 people, the worst in the past few months.

Ethiopia, which sent its troops to Somalia in December 2006, still continues to support the government of Somalia in bringing peace to that country, which remains without an effective central government for the past 18 years.

The African Union (AU) is currently deploying around 2,600 peacekeeping forces under the African Mission In Somalia (AMISOM), comprising troops from Uganda and Burundi. While the AU is planning to deploy up to 8,000 peace keepers, but so far, it has had little success in persuading other member states to contribute more troops for AMISOM.



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