Heavy fighting between government troops and Islamist insurgents brought further bloodshed to Mogadishu on Wednesday, a day after gunmen stormed a hotel killing 30 people, including six Somali lawmakers.
AFP - Renewed clashes erupted Wednesday between government troops and Islamist rebels in Mogadishu, killing six civilians a day after the insurgents mowed down 33 people, including four MPs in a hotel raid.
"I saw the dead bodies of six civilians killed this morning. Four of them died in one place and the others died separately in Yaqshid neighbourhood," a witness, Muhidin Ali, told AFP.
He said the government were controlling only one of the four main roads in Mogadishu "and with the assistance of Allah’s power, our fighters cut off that road today and the enemy cannot move between their positions."
Tuesday's fighting also claimed the life of journalist Barkhat Awale, who was hit by a stray bullet while helping a technician fix transmission equipment on a rooftop, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said.
Date created : 2010-08-25