18/08/07 (B409) REUTERS – Une femme somalienne meurt au milieu d’une attaque à la roquette des insurgés, mal dirigée – Somali woman dies in botched rocket attack (En Anglais)

A woman was killed and a police officer was wounded in a botched rocket attack by insurgents in Somalia’s capital, police said on Friday.

Insurgents opened fire on a police station late on Thursday in the latest episode of sporadic fighting between suspected Islamist militants and Somalia’s Ethiopian-backed interim government.

« A woman was killed after a rocket fired by the insurgents missed its target and landed on her house, which was next door, » senior police officer Abdi Hassan told Reuters.

A police officer was wounded in the attack, he said, adding that he was not aware of any other casualties from the ensuing gunfight in northern Mogadishu — a stronghold of Islamists fighting the government.

On Thursday, Uganda said it would send 250 extra soldiers to bolster a 1600-strong African Union peacekeeping mission plagued by the failure of other nations to commit troops.

Somalia has been without a functioning government since the fall of military ruler Mohamed Siad Barre’s regime in 1991, but violence has worsened since allied Somali-Ethiopian troops ousted Islamist fighters from Mogadishu in December.