Mogadishu: Clashes in Mogadishu pitting
Islamist insurgents against Somali government troops backed by
African Union forces have killed at least 17 civilians, medics
said on Wednesday.
"The ambulance servicemen collected 10 civilian bodies
and 46 others who were injured in the clashes yesterday
(Tuesday) afternoon," Ali Musa, the head of Mogadishu`s
ambulance services, told AFP.
Seven others died of their injuries while undergoing
treatment at the city`s Madina hospital, officials said.
The fighting erupted as African Union leaders agreed
Tuesday to boost the bloc`s force in Somalia by 4,000 to
counter the Islamist insurgents waging a deadly battle to oust
the country`s transitional government.
The decision came in response to the devastating bomb
attacks in Kampala that killed 76 people and claimed by
Somalia`s Al Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels two weeks ahead of the
AU summit in the Ugandan capital.
Tuesday`s fighting broke out in Mogadishu`s Taleh
district, with mortar shells fired by rival sides smashing
houses and killing civilians.
Civilians have borne the brunt of the relentless clashes
for the control of the war-riven Mogadishu.