Mogadishu shelling claims 12 lives

Injured Somali men being evacuated in Mogadishu. (AFP)

HU Heavy mortar fire between African Union peacekeepers and insurgents killed at least 12 civilians and left scores wounded in the Somali capital, officials and medics said yesterday.

AU forces fired several mortars into areas of north Mogadishu in retaliation for artillery attacks by the rebels late Sunday, killing civilians who have borne the brunt of the relentless attacks between the two sides.

"Our team collected eight bodies of civilians who were killed in the shelling and 55 others who were injured, some of them seriously," said Ali Musa, the head of the ambulance service. Four other civilians were killed by the artillery fire in another neighbourhood.

 

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