04/10/08 (B468) Press TV / 16 islamistes auraient été tués et 32 civils blessés, dans un violent accrochage au marché de Bakara. 16 Somalis killed in Bakara clashes (En Anglais – Info lectrice)

At least 16 civilians have been killed in fierce clashes between Somali soldiers and militants in south Mogadishu’s Bakara market.

More than 32 other civilians were transferred to the Medina Hospital, four of whom died of the wounds sustained during the fighting, medical sources said on Wednesday.

Local businessmen told Press TV that at least 22 shops had also been set ablaze.

Meanwhile, at least 8 civilians were killed and 35 others injured in clashes that erupted between Somali soldiers backed by Ethiopian troops and armed militants from Dayniile Mursade Hawiye clan in the Dayniile District of Mogadishu.

Government troops took control of the Dayniile District after hours of battle and nearly 40 residents were taken to Ethiopian bases.

Fighting in the Horn of Africa nation has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians and displaced nearly a million.