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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014 - 5:11:05 AM
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2 killed in Somalia mortar attack, including child

MOGADISHU, Somalia Apr 5 (Garowe Online) - At least two people were killed including a young child in the Somali capital Mogadishu after suspected insurgents targeted African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM) overnight Saturday, Radio Garowe reports.

The attack occurred around 1am local time, as suspected insurgents loyal to Islamist rebel group Hizbul Islam [Party of Islam] used mortars to attack AMISOM peacekeepers stationed around the KM4 area.

The fighting lasted for 20 minutes, as the two sides exchanged gunfire and a mortar reportedly hit a civilian home in Taleh district, according to witnesses.

"One of the mortars hit my home and my young son died, while three others [people] were wounded," Salad Mohamed Farah, the grieving father, told Mogadishu-based radio stations.

Salad's family recently returned to Mogadishu after spending the past two years in neighboring Kenya as refugees, relatives added.

The second dead victim was reportedly one of the attackers, who died in the exchange of gunfire. Two other civilians wounded in the fighting were transferred to Medina Hospital for treatment Sunday morning.

Mogadishu has been relatively quiet in recent weeks, although two heavily-armed rebel groups – Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam – have launched organized attacks targeting government officials, security forces and AMISOM peacekeepers.

Source: Garowe Online

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