(SomaliNet) A prominent Somali lyricist has been arrested by the security forces in Mogadishu on Friday morning, witnesses said.

 The police force of the transitional federal government raided the house of Abshir Nor Farah ‘Bacadle’ in KM4 intersection, south of the capital where he was taken into custody. It is not yet clear why he was arrested the writer.Abshir Bacadle has been supporting the Union of Islamic Courts which had ruled much of south and central Somalia for six months.
Meanwhile, the government troops have clashed with local Islamic militants in Hodan district, south of the capital where explosions could be heard.
Residents told Somalinet the police raided Islamic hideouts in KPP road where they have met strong resistance.There was no immediate casualty from the latest gun battle.

By Mohamed Abdi Farah.