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Six people killed in clashes in Somali capital Mogadishu
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09:40, July 28, 2009

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Six people were killed and more than 20 others wounded on Monday in the fierce clashes involving Somali government forces and Islamist insurgent groups in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, a medical official said.

The fighting broke out around a Somali government military base in the south of the restive coastal city after insurgent groups launched an attack, instigating intense barrage of shelling that landed in residential areas around Mogadishu's main Bakara market.

"Our ambulances took 21 wounded people and our staff reported seeing nearly six dead people in and around Bakara market," said Ali Muse, chief paramedic with Lifeline Africa Ambulance Service in Mogadishu.

Neither the Somali government nor the two main insurgent groups, Hezbul Islam and Al-Shabaab, have so far commented on the last flare up of violence in Mogadishu which has seen a resurgence of fighting between Somali government forces backed by African Union peacekeepers and fighters of the Islamist rebels groups for the past three months.

Hundreds have either been killed or wounded while thousands have fled their homes as a result of the new upsurge in fighting in Mogadishu.

The two insurgent groups, who together control most of the south and center of the war-wrecked Horn of Africa nation, are fighting to topple the internationally recognized Somali government which control parts of the capital along with pockets of territories in central Somalia.

Meanwhile, the Hezbul Islam group on Monday announced the appointment of a governor for Banadir region which surrounds Mogadishu, which already had another governor named by the radical Islamist group of Al-Shabaab alongside the Somalia government-appointed one.

Source: Xinhua

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