AU base attacked in Somalia

2009-05-20 12:26

Mogadishu - Witnesses say insurgents have attacked a base for African Union peacekeepers in Somalia, killing three civilians sleeping nearby in their home.

Mogadishu resident Farhiyo Sharif Awale said on Wednesday that a 6-year-old child was among the dead after the home was hit by a mortar.

The fighting started overnight in the Somali capital. A spokesperson for the AU troops said none of his soldiers was hurt.

Islamic insurgents in recent weeks have stepped up attacks aimed at toppling Somalia's Western-backed government.

Foreign ministers from neighbouring states were to meet on Wednesday in Ethiopia to discuss Somalia's crisis.