Al-Shabaab fighters have killed 11 government soldiers in the Somali town of Baidoa, Shelling the town from three vantage points.
The attack comes a week after al-Shabaab fighters and the Union of Islamic Court (UIC) took control of Kismayu, the country’s third-largest city, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Baidoa residents are fleeing the area deserting their businesses and homes, the report added.
Meanwhile, al-Shabaab spokesman Abdi Rahim Isse Addow has said the UIC (Union of Islamic Courts) will take ‘urgent’ steps against Ethiopian soldiers he said were responsible for the death of thousands of civilians in the war-torn country.
Al Shabaab (meaning “youth”) is the armed wing of the sharia courts movement that ruled most of southern Somalia until early 2007 when US-backed Ethiopian troops entered the country and installed a transitional government there.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Thursday that the Ethiopian troops were to leave Somalia and withdraw their support for the country’s interim government.