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8 Civilians Killed and Several Wounded in Somalia

At least eight civilians had been killed after fresh clashes erupted in some parts of Somalia's capital Mogadishu

At least eight civilians had been killed after fresh clashes erupted in some parts of Somalia's capital Mogadishu. More than 10 people sustained various degrees of injury after this renewed hostility.

This comes just after a truce between Somali transition federal government and opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, which took effect on November 5.

“We are civilians. We are here for the sake of our work. Before the sunset a motor shell hit our area and killed three. I had been seeing some other people rushed into hospital but I cannot tell now the number of people who are injured," Dahir Ali Omar one of the employees working in the Bakara market.

“The situation has been quiet in the last two days, but yesterday (Friday) was worse. We have nearly 11 wounded," said Dr Hangul of the Medina Hospital. Somali insurgents boycotted the truce between the Government and the opposition.

The conflict spread to the key roads which are at present being fortified by Ethiopian military and government armed forces. The most affected areas were Hararyale, Foloranse, Howl-wadag and other parts of the North of Mogadishu. Echoes of the cross fire could be heard all over Mogadishu.

Many people have fled their homes. Al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for this latest attack.

Author: Jo Amey