Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

A lifeline for women facing domestic violence in Pakistan

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Afghanistan's new TV channel by and for women

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Former minister accused of role in murder of two UN investigators in DR Congo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Murder in Manchester': Press reacts to Arena terror attack

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Naomi Campbell hosts 'Fashion For Relief'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's visit to Israel in key images

Read more

THE DEBATE

Peacemaker? After Saudi Arabia, Trump visits Israel

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Nicole Kidman stars in 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Green MEP Eva Joly: 'Nuclear energy is a technology from the past'

Read more

Africa

Insurgent attack sparks bloodshed in Somali capital

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-23

At least 19 people were killed on Thursday during heavy clashes in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, where Islamist insurgents attacked UN-backed government troops with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.

 

AP - Heavy fighting between Islamist militants and pro-government troops raged in several parts of Somalia’s capital Thursday, killing at least 19 people and wounding nearly 70, an official said.
 
Mortar shells pounded northern and southern neighborhoods in Mogadishu as militants launched attacks with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, according to a witness.
 
In Mogadishu’s south, government soldiers and African Union peacekeepers tried to push insurgent back from a strategic road often used by government officials.
 
Ali Muse, the head of the city’s ambulance service, said at least 19 had been killed and 68 wounded.
 
Somalia’s most dangerous militant group, al-Shabab, has launched a series of attacks over the last month after declaring a “new” war against the Somali government. There are 7,100 African Union peacekeepers stationed in Mogadishu that protect the small enclave where the weak, U.N.-backed Somali government operates.
 
The country hasn’t had a functioning government since 1991, and the militants hope to overthrow the transitional government and install a harsh brand of Islam across the country.

 

Date created : 2010-09-23

COMMENT(S)