Mogadishu - Seven civilians were killed and nine wounded after a mortar
shell was fired into a crowded neighbourhood of the Somali capital
Mogadishu, official and witnesses said Tuesday.
It was not
immediately clear who was behind the shelling late on Monday, the latest
in a string of attacks in the anarchic capital, where diehard al-Qaeda
allied Shabaab insurgents have launched guerrilla assaults on the
"Seven people were killed and nine others injured, it was a disaster that shocked everyone," said Dahir Adan, a witness.
of the victims were my close relatives. A mother, father and their two
sons have all died and two others were injured. We don't know where the
mortar round came from," said Abdikarin Gaas, who lives near the scene
of the attack.
Somali security officials said they were investigating.
Islamist Shabaab abandoned most of their fixed positions in Mogadishu
in August, but have vowed to continue to battle the Western-backed
government, who are protected by an 11 000 strong African Union force.
the series of attacks, much of Mogadishu has been relatively peaceful
since the Shabaab pull out, with businesses resuming, buildings being
renovated and people able to move about more freely.
capital has suffered the worst of Somalia's 21 years of chaos that
erupted with the ouster of president Mohamed Siad Barre.
recent months, the international community has revamped efforts to
resolve the protracted unrest that has resulted in the country being
carved up by warlords, extremist militia and pirates ruling vast
With the term of the current transitional government due
to expire in August, Somali leaders are working to establish a new
administration which it is hoped will have a nationwide authority.