10 People Killed in Mogadishu Clashes

Published on Monday 29th November 2010

Heavy clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters have left at least 10 people dead and 20 others wounded in Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports.

Seven people -- mostly soldiers -- lost their lives on Saturday when al-Shabab fighters launched an attack against Somali soldiers in Mogadishu's northern districts of Hodan. Scores of troops were also wounded in the battle.

According to the witnesses who talk with Garowe Online correspondent, several mortar shells which were fired by the al-Shabaab militant landed in and around the Bakara market -- the biggest and busiest market in Mogadishu.

"I saw 3 dead bodies --all businessmen-- lying in Bakara Market Street, everyday several people killed in this market for nothing," said the witness.

In a separate incident on the same day, three people were killed and dozen others sustained injuries in the Warhdiigley, Howlwadaag and Yaaqshiid districts when clashes broke out between Somali forces and al-Shabab fighters.

Mogadishu has been mired by an insurgency since 2007, when Islamist rebels declared war on Somalia's UN-backed TFG administration in Mogadishu.



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