A Reuters reporter saw the dead bodies of seven civilians.
No one was immediately available to comment from al Shabaab.The rebel group has waged a bloody five-year campaign to topple Somalia's Western-backed government and impose its harsh interpretation of Islamic law (sharia).The rebels continue to hold swathes of central and southern Somalia but are being squeezed out of some areas by Kenyan and Ethiopian troops, which have launched incursions inside Somalia in support of the beleaguered government.Somalia has been mired in chaos since warlords toppled Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.The overnight fighting took place in Mogadishu's northern Daynile district, the rebels' last position after they withdrew from the capital last year, under pressure from AMISOM and Somali government troops.
Daynile has been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting in Mogadishu. In October, the AU said it had lost 10 Burundian peacekeepers in fighting there, but Reuters witnesses said they saw a significantly higher number of bodies.The African troops are keen to keep their hold on the district to help them launch an offensive against the nearby rebel strongholds of Elasha, Lafole and Afgoye. H/T CALANKA