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14 killed in Somalia's capital

A health official says at least 14 people, including women and children, have been killed overnight in Somalia's capital, as fierce weekend battles have continued into the new week.

world Updated: May 12, 2009 15:12 IST

A health official says at least 14 people, including women and children, have been killed overnight in Somalia's capital, as fierce weekend battles have continued into the new week.

Rufai Mohamed says the ambulance services he leads in Mogadishu collected the bodies of mostly civilians. Hospital officials say they have admitted at least 45 wounded people from the fighting.

Battles between Islamic insurgents and pro-government forces began yesterday afternoon and continued through the night. The fighting has died down early today, but sporadic gunfire can be heard in parts of the city.

The weekend saw some of the worst fighting in recent weeks, with at least 35 people killed. A local human rights body says as of Monday afternoon 17,200 resident had fled their homes.