At least 20 Somalis die in violence in capital

Atleast 20 civilians have been killed in three days of sporadic fighting in Somalia`s capital.

Last Updated: May 23, 2010, 23:25 PM IST

Mogadishu: Officials say at least 20
civilians have been killed in three days of sporadic fighting
in Somalia`s capital.

Ali Yasin Gedi of Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre
said 12 people died during the violence near the presidential
palace overnight.

The fighting took place between government forces backed
by African Union peacekeepers and Islamic insurgents.

Gedi also said eight civilians, including five from the
same family, died during fighting on Friday and Saturday.

Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu`s ambulance service, said
29 civilians were also taken to hospitals including a boy
whose head was hit by shrapnel.

PTI