Mother, 6 kids killed in Somali violence
Heavy clashes between al-Shabab fighters and Somali government troops have claimed seven more lives on the fourth day of violence in the conflict-torn capital, Press TV reported.
A mother and her six sons were caught in the crossfire and killed on Thursday, brining the death toll in Mogadishu to over 100 since fighting broke out on Monday.
Another 15 people were injured as the two sides exchanged heavy artillery and mortar fire near the Bakara market, where many businesses have decided to close shops.
The latest wave of bloodshed claimed 31 lives on Tuesday alone after al-Shabab fighters stormed a hotel near the presidential palace in Mogadishu.
Six lawmakers and several other government officials were among those killed during the attack.
More than 650 have been injured this week and thousands have fled the violence-ridden capital.
Al-Shabab fighters have launched an offensive aimed at ousting the government of President Sharif Ahmad by the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Aside from a large portion of the capital, the group controls much of the southern and central parts of Somalia.
Somalia has been without a functioning government since warlords toppled dictator Siad Barre in 1991.