Mogadishu, 12 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – Heavy fighting continued to rock Somalia capital of Mogadishu for the third day running, the fighting is between the Somalia insurgent group of Al- Shabab and the transitional federal government troops allied to Sheikh Sheriff Sheikh Ahmed administration.

The total number of deaths reported as at now stand at 50 and the casualties has reached 100 and more are still being reported. Witnesses sat that heavy shelling and gunfire between Al-Shabab and government forces in the north of the capital.

The war started in Wardigley district near the Somalia capital Mogadishu, sources say.

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Other towns that have witnessed the heavy fighting include Hawl-wadag, Wardigley, Hodan and most of the areas were the mortars targeted were the different sections of Bakara market.

The UN estimates that 3.7 million Somalis, approximately half of the country’s population are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

Somalia has been without a functional government since former President Siad Bare was toppled by Mogadishu warlords.

Reported by:
Abdulaziz Billow Ali
Nairobi, Kenya