Posts Tagged ‘mortar attacks’

By Suadad al-Salhy and Missy Ryan


BAGHDAD, March 7 (Reuters) – Bomb blasts and rocket and mortar fire killed 38 people as Iraqis voted on Sunday in an election they hoped would distance their nascent democracy from years of sectarian slaughter as U.S. troops pack up to leave. (more…)

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At least 14 people have been killed in fresh fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, between government forces and fighters.

Dozens more were wounded as government forces intensified efforts to drive out fighters who have pledged to topple the interim government of Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the Somali president.

At least five of those killed in what was described as intense fighting in the city’s Jamhuriya area were civilians, witnesses said.

“I saw the dead bodies of five civilians, one of them a woman,” Mohamed Bashir, a resident of the city’s Jamhuriya district told the AFP news agency.

“Three of the victims died when a mortar shell struck their house.” (more…)

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At least nine people have been killed after fighters fired mortar shells at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, residents have said.

Witnesses said that at least 10 people were hurt in the attack on Tuesday, which comes amid a surge in violence that has killed nearly 200 people in the city since the beginning of May.

“Mortar shells that were targeted at the palace killed nine civilians and injured 10 others around the former national theatre, behind the palace,” Abdifatah Ismael, a resident of Mogadishu,¬†told the Reuters news agency. (more…)

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By Ibrahim Mohamed and Abdi Sheikh

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Mortar attacks in Somalia’s capital killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more on Friday, in the latest battle pitting Islamist insurgents against government and peacekeeping troops, witnesses said. (more…)

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