Mayhem in Mogadishu attacks

MOGADISHU - Mortar attacks and grenades pounded the volatile Somali capital Mogadishu, yesterday..

MOGADISHU - Mortar attacks and grenades pounded the volatile Somali capital Mogadishu, yesterday..

The attacks took place days ahead of a peace conference seen as the last hope for the battle-torn country.

Unknown gunmen launched seven grenades at Ethiopian-backed government troops, killing at least three people, while overnight mortar shelling and gun battles left at least four people dead.

"Minutes after the first bomb blasted, another grenade was thrown at the Somali soldiers who were coming towards the first site of the blast. We are not sure about the casualties because we had to run for our lives," a journalist who identified himself only as Hirabe said.

Somali officials did not comment on the violence. - Sapa-dpa

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