28 civilians die in battle for Mogadishu
Al-Shabab fighters conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu. (File photo)
At least 28 civilians have been killed and tens of others injured after African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters turned on each other and clashed in war-ravaged Somali capital of Mogadishu, Press TV reported.
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.
The Somali government has struggled for years to restore security, but efforts have not yet yielded results in the nation.