Heavy fighting kills 19 in Somalia`s capital city

Last Updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 18:35

Mogadishu: Heavy fighting
between Islamist militants and pro-government troops raged in
several parts of Somalia`s capital on Thuursday, killing at least 19
people and wounding nearly 70, an official said.

Mortar shells pounded northern and southern
neighbourhoods in Mogadishu as militants launched attacks with
rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, according to a
witness.

In Mogadishu`s south, government soldiers and African
Union peacekeepers tried to push insurgent back from a
strategic road often used by government officials.

Ali Muse, the head of the city`s ambulance service,
said at least 19 had been killed and 68 wounded.

Somalia`s most dangerous militant group, al-Shabab,
has launched a series of attacks over the last month after
declaring a "new" war against the Somali government. There are
7,100 African Union peacekeepers stationed in Mogadishu that
protect the small enclave where the weak, UN-backed Somali
government operates.

The country hasn`t had a functioning government since
1991, and the militants hope to overthrow the transitional
government and install a harsh brand of Islam across the
country.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 18:35

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