BELETWEIN, Somalia Apr 13 (Garowe Online) – Heavily armed insurgent fighters ambushed
an Ethiopian a Woyanne army convoy as it drove its way through central Somalia Sunday, sparking a 30-minute gunfight, sources said.
Local sources in Halgan village in the central region of Hiran reported that rebels loyal to the Islamic Courts launched a surprise attack on
Ethiopian Woyanne troops, who left the provincial capital of Beletwein earlier Sunday.
Ethiopian Woyanne army contingent was on its way to Bulo Burte, a town in Hiran region that fell to the control of Islamists last week.
It was very difficult to ascertain casualty numbers during’s today’s battle, but local sources reported that the fighting included a fierce infantry battle between the two sides.
An Islamist guerrilla commander who identified himself as Gagale contacted Garowe Online to confirm the battle, stating that the fighting had stopped by midday.
He claimed that the
Ethiopian Woyanne soldiers suffered heavy casualties, although his claim could not be independently confirmed.
This is not the first time
Ethiopian Woyanne troops have been attacked in Hiran region. Islamist guerrillas have raided two towns in Hiran over the past month and launched a deadly ambush against Hiran Governor Yusuf Daboged.
Somalia’s interim government, backed by
Ethiopian Woyanne troops, is struggling to reassert central authority after more than 17 years of civil war.
The Islamists have vowed to continue their bloody insurgency until
Ethiopian Woyanne troops are forced to withdraw from Somalia and Islamic rule is reinstituted as the law of the land.