MOGADISHU - At least five people were killed when a shell hit the minibus they were using to flee fighting in a town north west of the capital, as African Union and government soldiers intensify their fight against al Shabaab terrorists.
Earlier this week, African Union and Somali government troops stepped up their attacks on al Shabaab terrorists in Mogadishu's northern outskirts, forcing hundreds of families to flee their makeshift homes and head for the city center.
An official in Mogadishu said those killed were hit by a shell in their van as they fled Lafole, 21 km (13 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, while nine others were wounded.
"A shell landed on a mini-bus fleeing from Lafole. Five died and nine others were wounded today," Ali Musa, coordinator of ambulance services, told Reuters.
It was not clear who fired the shell.