January 02, 2007

Eritrea denies its forces supported Somalia's Islamists

(SomaliNet) Eritrea has denied claims that its forces supported Somali’s Islamists in a recent fight in the Horn of African nation.

Instead, the Eritrean government has accused Ethiopia of claiming it seized Ethiopian ID cards from members of Islamist fighters that were killed in the fighting, which took place between the Ethiopian troops backing the government forces and the Union of Islamic Courts.

The Ethiopian government said its troops battling with Islamists in Somalia killed hundreds of Eritrean forces fighting alongside with Islamic Courts fighters.

Eritrea denied the claims, stating they were fake and concocted propagandas spread by its archenemy Ethiopia.

Ethiopian premier Males Zenawi said lat week that his military troops in Somalia were tracking down Eritrean forces which he said were sneaking and wearing women's veils in Somalia after Islamists failed in the war and lost their stronghold in the capital Mogadishu.

The news comes as Islamists abandoned their final stronghold of Kismayu, some 500 km (310 miles) south of Mogadishu, fleeing to unknown destination in southern Somalia.

Ethiopian and Somali government forces took control of Jilib district, 100 km south of Kismayu on Monday morning. They were heading to the port of Kismayu slowly being cautious of landmines that might be planted behind by the ICU fighters that are on the run.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991 when warlords toppled former president Mohammed Siad Barre
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