MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali
insurgents sparked the heaviest day of fighting in the capital in months
Friday, launching simultaneous attacks on government forces and peacekeepers
that killed at least 15 people, residents and a medical official said.
A spokesman for the Islamic
insurgency said the early morning attacks on multiple government bases and
African Union peacekeeping troops were a response to a plan for peacekeepers
and the government to wrest back control of .
"The fighting was a response
to the so-called government and the (African Union peacekeepers) trying to
intimidate us by saying that they will take control of the whole capital,"
Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage said.
Friday's attacks come a few days
before the first anniversary of President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed's
government. At the time it was hoped that the election of Ahmed, a former
Islamist, would drain support from the insurgency. But the weak and divided
administration has not proved able to deliver either security or services to