A man carries a victim of a mortar shell explosion after fighting between Islamist insurgents and pro-government troops in Mogadishu last week. Photograph: Abdirashid Abdulle Abikar/AFP/Getty ImageThe latest heavy fighting between Islamist militants and pro-government troops in Somalia's capital has killed at least 19 people and wounded nearly 70, according to an official.
Mortar shells pounded northern and southern neighbourhoods in Mogadishu as militants launched attacks with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, according to a witness.
In Mogadishu's south, government soldiers and African Union peacekeepers tried to push insurgents back from a strategic road often used by government officials.
Ali Muse, the head of the city's ambulance service, said at least 19 had been killed and 68 wounded.
Somalia's most dangerous militant group, al-Shabaab, has launched a series of attacks over the past month after declaring a "new" war against the Somali government. There are 7,100 African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu who protect the small enclave in which the weak, UN-backed Somali government operates.
The country hasn't had a functioning government since 1991 and the militants hope to overthrow the transitional government and install their brand of Islam across the country.Associated Press in Mogadishu
Somalia’s Caretaker Prime Minister takes charge of Cabinet Affairs
(Mogadishu, 23 September 2010( tf.sf ) it was a major victory today Somalia’s Caretaker Prime Minister, Hon. Abdiwahid Elmi Gonjeh born in the Galgadud region of Somalia. from Marehan clan former Honorable Somali President siad Bare minister. already he had some big success fight against al- shabaab terrorism his second full day in office
“When the Prime Minister resigned, the President appointed me as a caretaker Prime Minister and all ministers will be working as usual until a new cabinet is appointed. We do not want to create any vacuum.”
The Caretaker Prime Minister added that terrorists tried to take advantage of recent changes and as a result launched an offensive attack this morning against Somali Government and AMISOM forces; however, they were defeated heavily. Our troops together with AMISOM are ready to defend the Somali people.
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