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Battle of Mogadishu (2010)
Part of Somali Civil War, War in Somalia (2009-present)
Date March 10 2010 - present
Location Mogadishu, Somalia
Result Ongoing
Belligerents
Harakat al-Shabaab Mujahideen Somalia Transitional Federal Government
AMISOM
Commanders
Ali Mohamed Hussein Somalia Sheik Yusuf Mohamed Siad
Casualties and losses
60 killed
33.000 displaced[1]

The Battle of Mogadishu (2010) began on March 10 2010[2] when al-Shabaab insurgents began attacking government and AMISOM positions in the Somali capital. The attacks came ahead of a planned government-led offensive to retake parts of the city from insurgent hands. Some 60 people, mainly civilians, were killed in the fighting.

Fighting

Fighting began on March 10 when according to eyewitness accounts, some 200 insurgents loaded in vehicles mounted with machine guns have advanced towards the presidential palace. However, government soldiers and AU peacekeepers fended the insurgents off with heavy artillery, forcing them to retreat.[3]

On March 13, according to Mogadishu’s mayor Abdurisaq Mohamed Nor, the long-anticipated government offensive may start soon, so residents should withdraw at least 2km. "We urge the civilians to flee from the battle zones and go at least 2km away to avoid being hit," Mr Nor is quoted as saying.[4]

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