Media reported that at least seven people have been killed and nine others wounded in clashes between government forces and Al-Shabaab terrorists in the northern neighbourhoods of Karan, Shibis, Abdiasis and Bondhere in the southernMogadishu on Monday. Among the dead were mostly civilians.
According to witnesses, terrorists fired mortar shells at a military base housing African Union peacekeepers, prompting the government troops in the area to engage in a gun battle and mortar fire exchange with the terrorists.
In a separate incident, fighting between clans in the semi-autonomous regional state of Puntland in northern Somalia killed at least five people. The fighting was triggered by disputes over the grazing lands of the Uur Jire village in Somalia’s north-eastern region Kardar.