23 August 2007

Somalia: Mogadishu Rocked By Grenade Blasts Overnight

Mogadishu — At least one person was killed and a number of other people has been wounded after unknown gunmen attacked several government military bases in the Somali capital last night.

Residents in Wadajir, Florence and Hodan districts reported Thursday that grenade explosions targeting police stations rocked their neighborhoods last night.

They said automatic gunfire followed the blasts.

Abdiwahid Mohammed Hussein, the head of government's public and press office relations, told Shabelle by the phone that insurgents assailed several government stations overnight. He said had been told that one person was killed.

On Wednesday unknown gunmen shot a man dead inside Mogadishu's biggest open-air market.

Witnesses told Shabelle that two men armed with pistols shot the unidentified middle aged man dead.

His body was lying in the street until later some one recognized him.

A witness, who asked the condition of anonymity, told Shabelle that the armed men fired three times in the air after they had killed the man and escaped before government troops arrived.

It is not apparent why the man was killed.

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