Heavy shelling hits Somalia's capital

Insurgents launched their attack from their stronghold in Mogadishu's main Bakara market, triggering return shellfire from African Union peacekeepers.

Heavy shelling hits Somalia's capital

Heavy shelling rocked Somalia's capital on Sunday, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens, as rebels fired mortars at the country's lawmakers meeting for the first time this year, medics said.

Insurgents, who have fought a three-year war against the interim government, launched their attack from their stronghold in Mogadishu's main Bakara market, triggering return shellfire from African Union peacekeepers.

"We have so far carried out 7 dead civilians and 34 who were injured. We are busy collecting casualties," ambulance services coordinator Ali Muse told Reuters by telephone.

Muse said the death toll was expected to rise.

A police source said some insurgent mortars landed near the parliament, which last met in December, but there were no direct hits.

Parliament business has been paralysed this year, with many legislators living in Kenya, Europe and America because of security fears. The chamber has also been split by a bitter feud over the term of the chamber's speaker.

One lawmaker said the chamber would hold a vote of confidence on the government, a vote which could in principle force the government's resignation.

In March, the moderate Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca rebel group signed a power-sharing deal with the government but negotiations over ministerial posts have made slow progress.


Reuters

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