“I can confirm you that there are not any Ethiopian soldiers in the capital Mogadishu. They emptied all their bases and moved overnight onto the southern road to Baidoa,” Abdifitah Ibrahim Sabriye (Shaaweye), deputy governor of Banadir Region, told radio Shabelle
Ethiopia invaded Somalia 2006 to help the interim government oust Islamists from the capital, since then it has been supporting Somalia’s weak transitional government for two years.
The Ethiopian presence was deeply unpopular with many Somalis and different groups were united in opposing them.
Residents say a lot of people have gathered in former Defence Ministry building and Digfer Hospital where the Ethiopian soldiers vacated. Residents expressed hope to return to their houses after two years.
Locals saw Ethiopian troops with their military trucks traveling on the long, tarmac road that connects Mogadishu and southwest regions of the country. The chairman of Hawiye Traditional Council Mohamed Hassan Haad said they would mediate the opposing Somali factions.
Abdirahim Isse Adow, the spokesman of the Islamic Courts Union called for the Somali people to work for peace and solidarity after the withdrawal of the Ethiopian troops. At least 24 people were killed and more than 50 others were injured Wednesday when Ethiopian troops shelled parts of Mogadishu.
Insurgents attacked departing Ethiopian soldiers. The Ethiopian troops armed with tanks and heavy artillery fought back and shelled parts of Mogadishu including Bakaro market.
Shabab spokesman says 'top leaders killed in central Somalia' MOGADIHSU (Sh. M. Network)-The spokesman of Al-shabab insurgent group, Sheik Muktar Abu Mansoor told reporters Wednesdayd in Mogadishu that they have lost two top leaders in the fighting that took place in Guriel town in central Somalia.
At least 30 people, mostly fighters, have been killed and more than fifty others wounded in a heavy fighting between Islamist fighters of Al-shabab and Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca that erupted in Gruel on 11 January 2009.
“Mohamed Mohamed Salad and Mohamed Yusuf Nur were martyred in Guriel,” said Abu Mansoor. Abu Mansoor says they fought in Guriel militias that Ethiopia armed them.
He also vowed they will continue fighting even after the Ethiopian troops pull out from Mogadishu. “We will strike AMISOM bases like the airport and K4,” he added.
The statement of Abu Mansoor comes as Ethiopian troops pulled strategic bases in Mogadishu. On Wednesday afternoon Islamic Courts Union forces have taken control of three police stations in north Mogadishu.
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