Saturday, May 13, 2006

Islamics battle in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Islamic militia and secular fighters pounded each other with heavy artillery and mortar fire Saturday as the death toll rose to 142 in seven days of fighting for control of a neighborhood north of the capital. Residents worried that fighting may spread to other areas after rival militias deployed near the road linking Mogadishu to southern Somalia -- the only route currently accessible to civilians.