Mogadishu: A medical official says at least eight people have died in fighting in Somalia`s capital.
Ali Muse, the head of the city`s ambulance service, said at least another 18 people were wounded.
The fighting took place on Sunday between pro-government forces and Islamist militants.
Somalia has seen a spike in fighting over the last month. Militants led by the al Qaeda-aligned group Al-Shabab are trying to overrun the country`s weak, UN-backed government.
Somalia hasn`t had a functioning government in almost 20 years.