Mogadishu: A Somali emergency
official says sporadic clashes between Islamic fighters and
government soldiers have killed four men in the capital.
Mogadishu ambulance service chief Ali Muse says 18
other people were wounded today as the opposing sides pounded
each other with mortars near the capital`s main Bakara Market.
Muse says fighting yesterday left seven people dead.
The on-off fighting in Mogadishu over the past five days has
seen at least 31 people killed.
Islamic militants have been fighting a three-year
insurgency, aimed at toppling the UN-backed government that
controls only an enclave of Mogadishu.
Somalia has not had an effective government for 19
years since warlords toppled the last such government in 1991.