MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 17 (UPI) -- At least 20 people were killed and the number of casualties was expected to rise in fighting in Mogadishu, authorities in Somalia said.
Most of the people killed Sunday were civilians caught in Mogadishu's open-air Baraka Market in fighting between government forces and Islamic militants, CNN reported Monday.
At least 60 others were wounded in shelling at the market and in other parts of the capital, said Ali Muse, director of Nationlink Ambulance, a medic service.
The shelling began when the Somalia parliament session opened Sunday.
Government soldiers clashed with fighters from Hizbul Islam and al-Shabaab, a sect linked to al-Qaida that wants stricter Islamic laws enforced in Somalia.
In recent years, Mogadishu has been the scene of some of the most violent fighting between the militants and a United Nations-supported interim government aided by African Union peacekeepers.