Landmine kills one in Somali mosque attack

A landmine killed one person and wounded eight in a rare attack on a mosque in the Somali capital.

Landmine kills one in Somali mosque attack

A landmine killed one person and wounded eight in a rare attack on a mosque in the Somali capital on Tuesday.

It was not clear who was behind the mosque explosion, though residents suspected it might have been infighting between the two insurgent groups that dominate the Bakara Market.

Witnesses said the mine exploded as worshippers were going to the Abu Hureyra mosque in Bakara Market.

Residents said nine people died when mortar shells hit a house in the south of the city, two fighters and a government soldier were killed in fighting near Bakara Market and two AU soldiers were wounded when they stopped a suicide bomber from ramming a truck laden with explosives into their base.

"We have received 57 injured people today. Three of them died in the hospital," Mohamed Yusuf, director of the Madina Hospital, told Reuters.

Insurgents have been fighting the Western-backed government in the Horn of Africa nation since the start of 2007. The armed groups now control much of southern and central Somalia while the government is hemmed into a few blocks of the capital.

At least 21,000 civilians have been killed since the start of the insurgency.

An African Union peacekeeping force made up of soldiers from Uganda and Burundi is propping up the government in Mogadishu, and guarding key sites such as the airport and seaport.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said last week that the two hospitals it supports in Mogadishu had received 1,900 patients with weapon wounds between January and mid-April, and hundreds had been killed as result of the fighting.

Reuters

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