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Shelling kills over a dozen in Mogadishu

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-12-20

At least 14 civilians died, officials say, in fighting between Islamist rebels and government forces in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday.

REUTERS - Artillery shelling between Islamist rebels and Somali government forces killed at least 14 people and wounded 28 others in Mogadishu on Sunday, residents and a rights group said.

Insurgents fired mortars at government troops, prompting a heavier response of shells that killed civilians in several suburbs of Mogadishu and made residents cower indoors.

“Fourteen civilians died and 28 others were wounded on Saturday night and Sunday morning in mortar shell exchanges in Mogadishu,” Ali Yasin Gedi, vice chairman of Mogadishu’s Elman Peace and Human Rights Organization, told Reuters.

“Most of these people died this morning after an exchange of heavy shelling,” he said.

Maryan Said, a resident in the sprawling Bakara market, told Reuters by telephone that six people from one family were killed by one shell that also killed three others in a nearby house.

“Their house has partially demolished and the dead bodies are in pool of blood,” she said.

Bakara, which is notorious for its open-air weapons bazaar, has long been viewed by the government and the African Union force AMISOM as a stronghold of hardline Islamist al Shabaab insurgents who are trying to overthrow the country’s transitional administration.

Washington accuses the rebel group of being al Qaeda’s proxy in the failed Horn of Africa state.

Another resident, Yonis Maalin, said a woman and her two children had died when a mortar shell hit their home in Hamar Jajab area, finishing off the small family which had lost their father in a previous shelling.

Al Shabaab and the government could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fighting in Somalia has killed 19,000 civilians since the start of 2007 and driven another 1.5 million from their homes, triggering one of the world’s worst humanitarian emergencies.

Western security agencies say the Horn of Africa nation has become a safe haven for militants, including foreign jihadists, who are using it to plot attacks across the region and beyond.

Date created : 2009-12-20

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