The Block is Hot in Mogadishu: Dozens Killed in Fight Between Rebels and Army

Residents hid in their homes as mortar bombs fired by fighters from al-Shabab, the group battling to remove the government, hit the city on Friday...

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Somali rebels and the government they are trying to remove have taken their bloody battle to the streets of Mogadishu. From Al Jazeera:

At least 24 people have been killed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu after Islamist rebels fought Somali government and African Union troops for a second day.

Residents hid in their homes as mortar bombs fired by fighters from al-Shabab, the group battling to remove the government, hit the city on Friday.

Six people died when mortars exploded as traders were setting up their stalls in a market.

Another 18 corpses were recovered after the attacks, ambulance staff said.

"Hundreds of well-armed insurgents came to our district with minibuses and pick-up trucks and immediately they started firing towards the government troops and an African Union base," Mogadishu resident Abdi Haji Ahmed said."

Al-Shahab claims they were provoked by African Union troops who trespassed on land they controlled a day earlier. Get the full scoop here.

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