Blasts rock Mogadishu

At least six explosions rocked the Somali capital, Mogadishu, March 2, a day after 35 Ugandan troops flew in as the advance guard of a 8,000-strong African Union “peacekeeping” force. Witnesses said the explosions came from mortar shells, and wounded six people, including two children. A day earlier, one was killed on both sides in an armed attack at the home of Mogadishu’s port director, Abdi Jinow, whose gaurds returned fire. Early that morning, the body of unidentified who had been tortured was found near Mogadishu waterfront. Violence is unabated since Feb. 28, when the transition government’s Interior Minister Mohamed Mohamud Guled announced a massive operation to restore order in the capital, the scene of growing insurgent activity. (AP, March 2 via Gulf News, UAE, and SomaliNet; SomaliNet, March 1)

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