5 July 2009

Somalia: Heavy Shelling Kills 10 in North Mogadishu

Mogadishu — At least 10 people have been killed and three others have been injured after shelling targeted Karan district in the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Sunday.

Residents confirmed to Shabelle radio that most of the shelling landed into Arjantin neighborhood in Karan district in the north, killing 10 and injuring three others.

Witnesses said that the dead bodies are yet scattered in the area where mortar shells hit them in the north of the capital.

A resident woman told Shabelle radio that mortar shells landed in Arjantin neighborhood seemed as it was raining before few minutes pointing out that the shootings were from the side of the transitional government controlling areas in the capital.

She said that all the injured people were rushed to hospitals in Mogadishu as the dead bodies are still in where they had been killed.

It is unclear the reason of the mortar shells targeted to parts of Karan district in the north of Mogadishu as there is no fighting between the government soldiers and the Islamist forces that is currently going on in Mogadishu.

People in the capital expressed concern about the shelling and the deadly shooting that caused more casualties including deaths, injuries and loss of properties.

More Islamist forces against the transitional government soldiers with few people are remained in the neighborhoods of Karan district in Mogadishu those could not flee from their houses in the warring zones and gun battle between the two sides.

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