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Mogadishu Clashes Claim 15 Lives, Dozens Injured

Published on Tuesday 20th July 2010

At least 15 people have been killed and 45 others injured in fresh clashes between Somali government forces in Somalia's restive capital, Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports.

The clashes erupted in rebel-held northern districts of Abdiasis, Shibis, Karan, Daynile and Bondhere, where rebel fighters engaged in fierce gun battle with government forces backed by African Union peacekeepers.

Several mortar shells and heavy gunfire also rocked northern district of Hamar weyne, where rebel fighters tried to advance.

Witnesses said those injured include 12 children whose Quranic school in Hamar Weyne district was hit by an artillery shell fired from rebel positions. Five other people were also killed in separate artillery shelling.

Ali Muse Sheikh, Head of Mogadishu ambulance services said they had collected at least 30 wounded people from the battle zones.

Civilians injured in the latest fightings have been admitted in Mogadishu's Medina and Keysaney Hospitals.

The rebel Al-Shabaab group claimed victory of the latest clashes, saying it had captured several areas.

However, the claims were quickly denied by government officials who said its troops are still in control of the constested areas.

The war-ravaged seaside city has been the scene of bloody insurgency that erupted in early 2007 and has so far killed more than 21,000 people.

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