29 April 2012

Somalia: 7 Killed in Mogadishu Shelling, Theater Bombing

Mogadishu — Somali government forces and African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM) clashed with Al Shabaab insurgents in the late hours of Saturday night in Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports.

Al Shabaab insurgents attacked AMISOM and TFG troops in Dharkenley and Hoosh district, located in north Mogadishu. The battled lasted for a few hours and resulted in a young child's death among other civilian casualties.

Dharkenley district representative Ma'allin Abdullahe Ali who spoke to Mogadishu media said that Al Shabaab agents attacked TFG and AMISOM security post in the neighborhood of Kahda. According to Mr. Ali both TFG and AMISOM forces were able to repel the insurgents without sustaining any casualties.

There were at least 4 civilians killed in the attack by Al Shabaab, as both Al Shabaab and the allied forces (TFG and AMISOM) used heavy artillery heard across Mogadishu in Saturday night's battle.

In a separate incident, a theater located in Hodan district was targeted by Al Shabaab. At least 3 people were killed and 10 others injured after grenades were thrown inside the theater where many youth were enjoying a film.

Their were reports of armed men targeting traditional leaders who are arriving in Mogadishu who are slated to choose the members of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA). The 825-member NCA is scheduled to convene next month and to adopt Somalia's new federal constitution.

Since Aug. 2011, when Al Shabaab declared their withdrawal from Mogadishu, the Somali traditional capital has come under a daily onslaught of shelling, bombings, and assassinations.

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