At least eight killed in Mogadishu market battle

At least eight people were killed and dozens more wounded on Wednesday when Somali government troops clashed with fighters in Mogadishu's main Bakara open-air market, officials and witnesses said.

At least eight killed in Mogadishu market battle

At least eight people were killed and dozens more wounded on Wednesday when Somali government troops clashed with fighters in Mogadishu's main Bakara open-air market, officials and witnesses said.

The fighting broke out during the morning when government troops backed by armoured vehicles raided a house at the market.

Police cordoned off a house in the Bakara market and fighters inside responded with hand grenades and machine gun fire, police spokesman Abdi Wahid Mohammed Hussein said.

As government reinforcements arrived and fighting intensified the scene resembled an "abbatoir," the spokesman said.

"I saw five different dead bodies," said shoe-seller Mursal Sadiq, 36. "Most of them were caught in the crossfire."

A witness speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals said more than 10 wounded police officers were brought to a city hospital, at least one of whom died.

"The policemen were very angry about their casualties," the witness said. "They didn't allow pictures of the wounded to be taken, and some of the photographers were beaten."

The latest clashes followed the murder late Tuesday of a government officer in Dharkenley district, south Mogadishu.

The slain man was a member of the national security forces and was shot dead as he entered his home, said Dharkenley district commissioner Mo'alim Abdullahi Ali. Police were investigating the shooting.

DPA

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