BELEDWEYN, Somalia, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- At least five people were killed and seven others were hurt in fighting near Beledweyn in central Somalia, witnesses say.
Three of those wounded in fighting between factions of Islamic fundamentalists were children, Shabelle Radio reported Tuesday.
The broadcaster said heavy clashes between the fighters of Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a and the allied fighters of Harakat al-Shabaab erupted near the Somali city at the village of Elgal Monday night. Shabelle said reports indicated the dead included fighters and civilians who were killed when mortar shells landed on their house.
Harakat al-Shabaab, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for an overnight explosion targeting the main military base of of the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM in the capital of Mogadishu.
Al-Shabaab spokesman Sheik Ali Mohamud Raghe told Shabelle the blast was carried out by his group in "revenge for the Somali people that AMISOM troops kill and target the heavy weapons in the capital."