Heavy fighting is on-going in the town of Bardale between the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) fighters and Ethiopian troops.
A PressTV correspondent reporting from south Mogadishu says a military vehicle belonging to the Ethiopian troops was destroyed in the melee.
Bardale lies 300 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu, and 60 kilometers west of Baidoa, the seat of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Parliament.
The reporter said that the spokesman of UIC, Abdi Rahim Isse Addowfi informed him that over 20 Ethiopian soldiers were killed and 30 more injured. The exact number of killed is not known, Addowfi added.
Meanwhile, residents of Bardale confirmed to our correspondent that many Ethiopian soldiers were killed, while Ethiopian fire killed 12 civilians.