Five civilians, including a woman and her two children, are killed in crossfire between Somali rebels and Ethiopian forces in Mogadishu.
Early on Thursday, armed insurgents used heavy artillery fire to attack an Ethiopian camp in Huriwa district in the north of the Somali capital.
The raid prompted the foreign soldiers to launch mortars in response which took the lives of the mother and her two children, AFP quoted witnesses as saying.
Two other civilians died in the same area after they were hit by stray bullets, taking the death toll to five.
Islamic Courts Union (ICU) has claimed responsibility for attacks on five positions in northern Mogadishu, admitting of two its forces died and three others were wounded in the clashes.
The incident comes a week after a July 9 deadline for the implementation of a ceasefire, initialed last month by the Somali government and top leaders from the main opposition movement.
The peace accord, signed in Djibouti, demanded all foe sides to start enforcing a truce within a month, but was quickly rejected by opposition groups who insist that the government’s Ethiopian military allies should pull out before any talks start.