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Five killed in night attacks in Mogadishu

Posted by African Press International on August 30, 2007

Mogadishu (Somalia) Five people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday night in heavy gun battles and grenade attacks, police has confirmed.

Heavily armed insurgents launched attacks on government bases around the Hurwaa neighborhoods for about one hour.

Two civilians were caught in the cross fire inside their houses and six others wounded in the night were brought to Shifo Hospital on Tuesday morning, said Hakimo Aden, a nurse.

In another attack on a government base in south Mogadishu insurgents fired rocket propelled grenades and opened machine-gun fire.

No casualty was reported in this attack and government troops on Tuesday morning sealed off the villages to search for weapons.

Hundreds of people have begun to flee from the areas around these bases, fearing that the attacks could escalate.

We have been here for a long time and thought things would calm down once, but now we have decided to leave, said Asho Abdi-nor, as she carried some of her belongs.

In a separate incident group of insurgents armed with pistols and hand grenades attacked a police station in Shangani district.

Police said in retaliation of the attack they killed three militants and two others were arrested.

Pistols welding-men attacked the police station with hand grenades. In retaliation police shot three of them and two were arrested, said Col. Abdi Wahid, a police spokesman.

He said no government soldier was hurt in the overnight attacks.

Last week the leader of the ousted Islamic Courts, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said in Asmara, Eritrea, that they would continue attacks until Ethiopians withdraws from Somalia.

Published by Korir, API*APN africanpress@chello.no tel+47 932 or+47 63 source.apa

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