10/09/07 (B412) Quatre morts dans des tirs de mortier à Mogadiscio (Français et Anglais – Info lectrice)

________________________________________ 1 – REUTERS (Français)

Des tirs de mortier,
les premiers à Mogadiscio depuis plusieurs semaines, ont fait quatre
morts, une mère et ses trois enfants âgés de six à huit
ans, dimanche soir dans la capitale somalienne, rapportent des témoins.

Les tirs, qui ont également fait plusieurs blessés, visaient
apparemment le palais présidentiel, la Villa Somalia, mais ont touché des
zones résidentielles.

________________________________________ 2 – BBC (Anglais)
Four die in Villa Somalia attack Four people have been killed after Islamist
insurgents launched a mortar attack on the presidential palace in the Somali
capital, Mogadishu.

President Abdullahi Yusuf was there at the time but
no mortars landed inside the compound, a security officer said. Mogadishu
has seen rising violence since Ethiopian-backed government troops ousted
Islamists last December. Hundreds have since died in clashes between Islamist-backed
insurgents and government-backed Ethiopian troops.

The BBC’s Mohammed Olad
Hassan says at least three mortars were fired at the palace – know as Villa
Somalia.

One of the mortars landed on a home, killing three children and
their mother and injuring several other civilians.

Mortars were also fired
at the main football stadium in south Mogadishu, which serves as the base
for Ethiopian forces, our correspondent says.

“We had about five
heavy explosions inside the stadium but we do not have any idea of the
Ethiopian casualties,” Abdi Qadar, who lives close to the stadium,
told BBC News. Witnesses said the Ethiopian troops responded by firing
mortars, which landed on homes surrounding the base, injuring civilians.

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes says the situation in Mogadishu is worsening,
and that recent fighting has hampered the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The UN refugee agency says some 400,000 people have fled the fighting in
the capital in the past four months. Somali opposition groups are meeting
in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, to unite forces against the Ethiopian-backed
transitional government.