12 February 2009

Somalia: Mortar Shells Kill 2 And Injure 6 in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — At least two people have been killed and six others wounded in the seaport in the Somali capital Mogadishu after the Somali Islamist insurgents targeted several mortar shells in the seaport, witnesses and officials told Shabelle radio on Thursday.

Gen.Yusuf Hussien Osman, a deputy commander of the Somali police has told Shabelle radio that more than 11 mortar shells have been thrown into the seaport killing two civilians and injuring six others saying that most of them were the porters of Mogadishu seaport.

There were early reports saying that big ship carrying military supply for the African Union peace keepers (AMISOM) in Mogadishu docked into the seaport but the commander has confirmed that the ship was carrying logistical supply from the UN to the Somali government.

"All the people died and wounded in the seaport were Somali citizens and there are different ships in the seaport for business and other right now. It is not known the reason for the attack. Really, we have a weapon and we could respond the attacks but we did not," the deputy commander said.

Reports from the residents near the seaport say that all the business activities and movement around the seaport were halted by the allied soldiers of the government and AMISOM since the ship docked in the seaport of Mogadishu.

Locals said that they could see many AU and government soldiers who were patrolling in and around the seaport keeping the vessel in the seaport of Mogadishu

No group has claimed the responsibility of the attacks but it seems that it is part of attacks targeted to the foreign and government soldiers by the Islamist insurgents in Somalia who are against the presence of the foreign troops and government policy.

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