Over 90 Islamist fighters killed in Mogadishu clashes, say pro- Somali gov't group

14:38, June 05, 2010      

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A minibus carrying passengers drives by as fire burns at a warehouse in Mogadishu, Somalia, May 12, 2010. The fire reportedly started after a shell landed in the warehouse following clashes between Islamist fighters and Somali government forces. (Xinhua/Ismail Warsameh, File Photo)

The pro- government militia group of Ahlu Sunnah Waljama (ASW) in Somalia on Friday claimed they killed at least 91 Islamist fighters and wounded 170 others in Thursday's fierce clashes with rebel forces in Mogadishu.

The group which is allied to the Somali government said it also captured two vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition supplies from the radical Islamist group of Al Shabaab opposed to the Somali government.

The fierce battles on Thursday left at least 20 civilians dead and almost 60 others injured after allied Somali government forces and the pro-government militias backed by African Union peacekeeping forces launched an early morning offensive on rebel positions in Mogadishu.

Sheikh Abdulah Abu Yusuf Al Qaadi, spokesman for the ASW said four of the dead Islamist fighters were senior commanders including foreigners fighting alongside Al Shabaab forces.

The hardline Islamist group has not so far commented on the ASW' s claims but Al Shabaab commanders have been saying they inflicted "heavy losses" on government and AU forces side.

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