Mortar shell exchange kills many in Somalia

Insurgents fired mortars at government troops, prompting a heavier response of shells that killed civilians in several suburbs of Mogadishu and made residents cower indoors.

Mortar shell exchange kills many in Somalia

Opposition fighters fired mortars into Mogadishu's police compound as the force was celebrating its 66th anniversary Sunday, killing at least 14 people and wounding 28 others in Mogadishu on Sunday, residents and a rights group said.

Insurgents fired mortars at government troops, prompting a heavier response of shells that killed civilians in several suburbs of Mogadishu and made residents cower indoors.

"Fourteen civilians died and 28 others were wounded on Saturday night and Sunday morning in mortar shell exchanges in Mogadishu," Ali Yasin Gedi, vice chairman of Mogadishu's Elman Peace and Human Rights Organization, told Reuters.

"Most of these people died this morning after an exchange of heavy shelling," he said.

Maryan Said, a resident in the sprawling Bakara market, told Reuters by telephone that six people from one family were killed by one shell that also killed three others in a nearby house.



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