Islamists Seize Somali Parliament Seat

Published on Monday 26th January 2009

Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgents have taken control of Baidoa, the seat of the transitional parliament, witnesses said on Monday.

The seizure comes after the Ethiopian troops vacated the town early on Monday.

Reports from Baidoa say that Al-Shabaab insurgents captured some Somali MPs including a minister, Mohamed Ibrahim Habsade, but they released them later and now the town is calm.

Local militias looted ADC, the centre of the parliament and other government offices.

Locals say at least four people were killed and ten others injured in after insurgents hurled a grenade at government soldiers near a bus-stop.

The government soldiers then opened gunfire to many directions which prompted civilian casualties.

There is no word from al-Shabaab.


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