Civilians killed in Somalia clashes

At least 10 people have been killed in fighting between Ethiopian troops and armed Somali groups in the capital, Mogadishu.

Civilians killed in Somalia clashes

At least 10 people have been killed in fighting betweenEthiopian troops and armed Somali groups in the capital, Mogadishu.

The clashes are the heaviest since the major Hawiye clan,which has partly controlled the Somali capital since 1991, reached a ceasefiredeal with Ethiopian forces last Friday.

 

The AFP news agency said five civilians were killed inclashes in the southern Ali Kamin area of the city.

A resident, Mohamed Ali Hassan, said: "I have seen twopeople killed by stray bullets and I have also seen three others wounded.

 

"I can see the Ethiopian tanks taking positions in ourneighbourhood, in front of my house," said.

"I have seen a neighbour killed by stray bullets,"said Hawo Moalil. "My younger daughter was wounded by a straybullet."

Tanks roll in

Residents also reported five others killed in Gupta, also insouthern Mogadishu,after artillery hit a garage.

"We don't know where the fire was coming from, maybe itwas a mortar or an artillery shell. Five people were killed, three of them inthe garage and two others were outside," said a resident, Ahmed HassanMadobe.

He said that continued fighting prevented residents fromcollecting the bodies, and that six people had been wounded.

"The place was full of smoke after a big bang. Threepeople were killed inside the garage and two were in a compound next to thegarage," said another resident, Asha Abdullahi.

She said nine people had been wounded and three were in acriticial condition.

Ethiopian tanks rolled into southern neighbourhoods afterdeploying nearby on Wednesday evening.

Ethiopian forces, which support Somalia's weak transitionalgovernment, chased the Union of Islamic Courts group out of the capital and thesouthern half of the country three months ago, but have come under increasingattacks.

Source:Agencies

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