23 July 2009

Somalia: Shellings Targeted to Parts of North Mogadishu, Death Toll Rises 25

Mogadishu — Heavy shellings were targeted to parts of the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday morning as death toll of overnight fighting has risen 25.

Several shellings landed in the neighbourhoods of Wardigley, Bondere and Karan districts in the north of the capital where there was no fighting between the transitional government soldiers and Islamist forces earlier on Thursday morning.

Residents expressed concern about the shelling in parts of their neighbourhoods in the capital.

On the other hand the death toll of overnight fighting in Km4 intersection in Hodan district in the south of the capiatl has risen 25 people as both sides used heavy gunfire during the clashes.

More than 25 people were killed and 60 others were injured in the overnight fighting.

Most of the people died in the fighting were civilians as they were in their nieghbourhoods of the capital.

The emergency traffic officials told Shabelle radio that they were yet busy for deploying the wounded people from different areas of the warring zones in the capital to the hospitals.

The fighting between the government soldiers backing by AMISOM troops and the Islamist forces was heavest fighting that happens recently in Km4, a base for the African Union forces AMISOM.

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