30 killed, dozens injured in renewed Mogadishu fighting

20:14, March 11, 2010      

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At least 30 people were killed and 83 others injured Thursday as fierce fighting continued between Somali government forces backed by African Union peacekeeping troops and Islamist insurgent fighters in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, medical sources said.

The fighting, which erupted on Wednesday, resumed in the early hours of the day after a brief lull overnight with both sides claiming successes.

"As many as 30 people were killed with 12 of them in one area in the north of Mogadishu," Ali Muse, head of local ambulance service, told Xinhua. "We have picked almost 83 wounded people including 35 children mainly in the northern districts of Mogadishu."

Heavy artillery and intense gunfire were heard around the battle areas in the north of Mogadishu where witnesses said several shells landed in residential neighborhoods.

Families in residential pockets in the north began fleeing their homes to join hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians on the outskirts of the coastal Indian Ocean city of Mogadishu.

Source: Xinhua
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