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5 die as insurgents attack parliament in Mogadishu

01-18-2011 16:10 BJT

MOGADISHU, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and 12 others injured on Monday after a shell fired at the parliament missed its target and hit a residential area in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials and medical sources said.

The attack came as the Somali lawmakers held a session of the House to debate a proposed new law on piracy, a menace which wreaks havoc on international shipping that ply the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.

"Five people died when several salvos were fired at the parliament and missed. Twelve others were also wounded," Ali Muse, head of local ambulance service told Xinhua.

The injured people were taken to hospitals in the area.

Somali government officials condemned the attack as "brutal and inhumane."

"This is what happens whenever the House is meeting and we condemn this brutal and inhuman attack in the strongest terms possible," Abdelkadir Sheikh Ismail, a lawmaker told Xinhua.

Islamist insurgents repeatedly launch mortar attacks on Somali parliament during lawmakers' meeting in the restive capital of Mogadishu.

The radical group of Al Shabaab controls much of south and center of Somalia while Somali government runs only parts of the capital with the help of almost 8,000 African Union peacekeeping troops.


Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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