Somali rebels kill 14 in market mortar attack

May 20, 2011 17:59


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MOGADISHU - Somali Islamist rebels killed some 14 people after indiscriminately shelling the capital Mogadishu's heavily populated Bakara market, African Union peacekeepers in the city said on Friday.

In an offensive launched on May 12, the peacekeepers have seized several strategic rebel positions in neighborhoods surrounding Bakara, slowly closing in on the market.

AMISOM peacekeepers says regaining control of Bakara market, one of Mogadishu's main economic centers, is a critical step towards expelling the rebels from the coastal city, of which more than 60 percent is now under the control of AMISOM and government soldiers.

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