Violence in Somalia kills seven

Oct. 10, 2007 at 4:00 PM

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Seven people were killed in Somalia Wednesday when a land mine exploded in the town of Kismayu and two gun battles erupted in Mogadishu.

The Shabelle Media Network reported that the land mine explosion in the southern port town Wednesday morning killed two people and left nine others injured, while gunfire in the country's capital left five people dead and two other wounded.

Chief Hassan Mohamed Ali, a spokesman for the country's Sade tribes, was inside the car that activated the land mine in Kismayu. The tribal official suffered minor injuries in the explosion.

Meanwhile in Mogadishu, witnesses said that three men were fatally shot Wednesday morning by unidentified gunmen near a local Somali military base.

Elsewhere in the Somali capital, an overnight skirmish that ended Wednesday reportedly left two people dead and two others injured.

Shabelle said that the skirmish began when an unidentified group of gunmen attacked a local police station, apparently part of the ongoing violence against Ethiopians and Somali military troops in the area.

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