Press TV
October 27, 2011

Bitter clashes broke out between al-Shabab fighters and African Union (AU) soldiers in Mogadishu’s northern neighborhoods of Dayniile and Gupta as well as Hodan neighborhood in southern Mogadishu.

Over 45 people were also injured as the two sides exchanged heavy gunfire, and barrages of mortar shells were fired.

Somali ambulance workers transported the injured to nearby hospitals.

Thousands of local residents are also fleeing for their lives in the wake of bloody battles in the Somali capital.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991 when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

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