29 July 2009

Somalia: Parliament Targeted With Mortars

Mogadishu — Somalia's parliament held a meeting Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu, but insurgent mortars targeted the parliament building, Radio Garowe reports.

The parliament meeting was attended by 340 MPs and Speaker Sheikh Aden "Madobe" Mohamed informed the lawmakers that the parliament would open debate on a number of key issues, including a controversial maritime boundary agreement between the governments of Somalia and Kenya signed in April.

Separately, a number of mortars launched by insurgents hit neighborhoods in Mogadishu's Hamarweyne district, the new home of the Somali transitional federal parliament.

The mortars did not hit the parliament building, but unconfirmed reports said three civilians were killed when the mortars slammed into nearby residential areas. As many as 15 people were wounded, the reports added.

Somalia's UN-backed interim government is battling against a coalition of Islamist insurgents who have vowed to overthrow the government, which they accuse of being a puppet of the West.

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