At least 15 civilians,
including a 4-year-old child, were killed when insurgents and
government soldiers pounded each other's positions with mortars in the
Somali capital overnight, residents and a nurse said Monday.
bodies were removed from the rubble in northern Mogadishu, said
resident Osman Guled. Four bodies were found in another part of the
capital, said Sharifo Hussein, who lives in Yaqshid district. Three
others died at Medina hospital, said nurse Yasmin Jim'ale.
Daud Dahir, a commander with the presidential guard, said the
insurgents lobbed more than six mortars at the presidential palace but
no one there was wounded. President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed was not in
the palace during the attack because he is in neighboring Ethiopia for
an African Union leaders meeting.