A series of intense gun battles in the Somali capital of Mogadishu has killed at least 14 and injured a further 20 people as African Union soldiers attack insurgents.
African Union peacekeepers entered a suburb in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, attacking insurgents hiding out in the area, that resulted in heavy gunfire that killed at least 14 people in the area – as well as injuring a further 20 people. The soldiers were fighting militants from the Islamist al-Shabaab group, as the group has plagued the Horn of Africa with insurgent attacks.
The movement into the Mogadishu suburb was a part of the Somali government latest disarmament campaign, which seeks to prevent light arms and such weapons falling into the hands of al-Qaeda-linked militant groups. According to estimates by The Small Arms Survey, a research project based in Switzerland, Somali citizens are in possession of at least 500,000 guns – despite various international weaponry embargoes on the country.