With its credibility increasingly in doubt, the government said it was planning a fresh offensive against the rebels - but the guerrillas appeared to have attacked first. Witnesses said AU troops later fired shells at the capital's sprawling Bakara Market, which has long been an insurgent stronghold.
Start of the clashes
"I saw three dead bodies in the street by Bakara," one resident, Abdifarah Hassan, said. "Another died later."
Ambulance service co-ordinator Ali Musa said at least eight other corpses had been collected since the start of the clashes, and that at least 17 civilians had also been wounded.
Western security agencies say the failed Horn of Africa state - which has been torn by civil war for the past 18 years - has become a haven for militants including foreign jihadists, who are using it to plot attacks in the region and beyond.
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