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18 Somalis Killed in Mogadishu Fighting

October 11-12, 2010

Fighting Flares Up in Mogadishu Kills Three Civilians

Monday, 11 October 2010 13:34   

MOGADISHU (Shabelle. M. Network)

Heavy fighting between the troops of the transitional government of Somalia backing by the African Union forces AMISOM and Al-shabab fighters flared up in parts of Mogadishu, killing three, according to witnesses on Monday.

Reports say that the clash started at the front lines of the war at Daynile and Hodan districts in Mogadishu adding that 3 civilians were killed while 6 others wounded during the gunfire between the two sides.

Residents said that there was heavy shelling landing around the former defense ministry of Somalia and Bakara market.

The clashes between the two sides are part of the sporadic confrontations of the two sides in Mogadishu.

15 killed in clashes in Mogadishu

Press TV, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 12:40AM

People help remove an injured victim from an ambulance vehicle at a hospital in Mogadishu. (file photo) Heavy clashes between Somali government troops and al-Shabab fighters have left at least 15 people dead and 17 others wounded in Mogadishu.

Twelve people -- mostly civilians -- lost their lives and 14 others suffered injuries in battles in which government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers gained control of Mogadishu's northern districts, which were previously controlled by al-Shabab fighters.

In addition, three al-Shabab fighters were killed and three others sustained serious injuries in an exchange of fire with Somali soldiers in the southern district of Daynile, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in the fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 IDPs are sheltering in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in poor and degrading conditions on makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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