Death toll rises to 20 in fresh Mogadishu fighting

21:56, June 03, 2010      

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The death toll has hit 20 on Thursday in the heavy fighting that broke out between Somali government forces supported by the African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops and Islamist insurgent fighters in Mogadishu, medical sources and witnesses said.

Meanwhile, almost 60 others were injured in the fighting.

The clashes erupted in the early hours of the morning after the Somali government forces backed by AU peacekeepers attacked positions of Islamist rebels in the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

"We took 59 wounded civilians to the hospitals and our ambulance drivers report spotting 16 dead bodies in the streets of the city's neighborhoods, five of them in a single place" Ali Muse, head of local emergency service told Xinhua.

Hospital sources say four others were also died after being admitted to the hospitals while local media reports gave the similar casualty figures.

Fighting has now largely subsided with both sides claiming victory in the clashes.

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