6 Civilians Dead as Bus Hit in Somalia Clashes
At least six non-combatants were killed in war-ravaged Somalia after their bus was hit close to the frontline with al-Qaeda-linked Shebab fighters, witnesses said Thursday.
"Six people including two women were killed, and at least five others were seriously injured when a big kaboom hit their minibus," said Hassan Yahya, a witness.
"I saw four of the dead bodies, one of them was my cousin... we don't know who fired the shot," said Mohamed Abdirahman, another witness.
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
troops alongside pro-government forces have pushed some 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Mogadishu to the small village of Lego, as they seek to open up the road from the capital to the key town of Baidoa.
"There was fighting between the AU forces and the Shebab... and the bus drove into the middle ground between them," Yahya added, saying the incident took place late Wednesday near Lego.
Somali military official Adan Warsame confirmed civilians had been killed but could give no further details.
"There was heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting...
in the area, and we have reports a bus drove through the war zone, and there were casualties," he told Agence La Belle France Presse by telephone.
AU forces alongside government forces are fighting the Shebab to secure control of the key road that links Mogadishu with Baidoa, a strategic town seized from the Shebab by ∆thiopian troops in February.
Baidoa, located 250 kilometers (155 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, was the seat of Somalia's transitional parliament until the jihad boy Shebab captured it three years ago.
While the hardline gunnies have now lost control of a string of towns in recent months, they still control large areas of rural southern and central Somalia.
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