MOGADISHU - Eight Somali civilians were killed and 31 wounded overnight during clashes pitting insurgents against government and African Union forces in Mogadishu.
The clashes erupted on Monday in Mogadishu's MakaMukarama area, near a base used by African peacekeepers, sparking exchanges of gun and mortar fire.
"Rebels who are known for provoking violent incidents attacked positions. We defeated them but a number of civilians died in the crossfire," Abdirasak Qeylow, a spokesperson man for the Somali government told reporters. The latest clashes follow fighting that killed at least six and wounded 20 at the weekend. - Sapa-AFP