Somalia: 15 civilians killed in Mogadishu clashes 25 Feb 25, 2011 - 9:54:10 AM
More than 15 people,mostly civilians, have been killed and several others injured in Thursday’s fighting as Al-Shabaab group tried to re-seize strategic positions in the town, Radio Garowe Reports.
Witnesses said clashes erupted on the evening in Mogadishu’s Daynile neighbourhood where several mortar shells fired by the AMISOM forces landed at residential areas, killing at least 10 civilians and injuring more than dozen others.
The clashes come amid rising tension over a government-planned onslaught against the rebels in the capital and other parts of the war-torn country.
Mogadishu ambulance service officials said they have assisted more than 30 people wounded are currently admitted in various hospitals across the restive capital.
Meanwhile, Al-shabab displayed an injured AMISOM Soldier and five dead bodies of his comrades whom they claimed were killed in the ongoing clashes in Mogadishu.
Uganda and Burundi are the only countries that have contributed troops to the African Union peacekeeping mission in war-torn Somalia.
Somalia has had no effective central government for 19 years and although the administration of President Ahmed has the backing of the United Nations and AU, he faces a stubborn insurgency from the insurgent groups.