MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - An emergency official in Somalia says 19 people have been killed and 68 injured in fighting in Mogadishu.
Ambulance service director Ali Muse said Thursday that shelling between militants and pro-government troops was hitting the city hard and that the numbers could rise further.
The fighting began when militants attacked neighborhoods in northern Mogadishu with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.
Government soldiers and AU peacekeepers, meanwhile, were trying to push back insurgents from a strategic road often used by government officials.
Somalia hasn't had a functioning government in almost two decades. Islamist insurgents are trying to overthrow the weak, U.N.-backed government in Mogadishu.