Militants and troops clash; 21 die
Heavy fighting between Islamic militants and progovernment troops raged in several parts of Somalia’s capital, killing at least 21 people and wounding 78, an official said.
Mortar shells pounded northern and southern neighborhoods in Mogadishu as militants launched attacks with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, according to a witness.
In Mogadishu’s south, government soldiers and African Union peacekeepers tried to push insurgents back from a strategic road often used by government officials.
Somalia’s most dangerous militant group, Shabab, has launched a series of attacks over the last month after declaring a “new” war against the government. There are 7,100 African Union peacekeepers stationed in Mogadishu that protect the small enclave where the weak, United Nations-backed government operates.