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20 civilians killed in Somali capital

20 civilians killed in Somali capital

Medical officials say at least 20 people have been killed after an intense battle between government forces and Islamic insurgents in the Somali capital.
A Somali military spokesman says the fighting Friday started when insurgents attacked government soldiers in southern Mogadishu. Col. Ibrahim Kalmoy says three soldiers were wounded during the fighting.
Ali Muse of Mogadishu's ambulance service says staff counted at least 15 civilians killed. Dr. Mohamed Yusuf of Medina Hospital says five of the wounded brought to Medina died from their wounds.
Islamic insurgents control much of Mogadishu and have been trying to topple the fragile government for three years.
Somalia has not had an effective government for 18 years.


Updated : 2021-03-08 18:00 GMT+08:00