[QODLink]
Africa
Mortars hit Mogadishu airport
Soon afterwards a gunfight erupted outside a hotel in the centre of the capital.
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2007 19:44 GMT
Mogadishu has seen several mortar and rocket attacks in recent days [EPA] 

Several mortar bombs have hit the main airport in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, as anti-government rebels vowed to step up their attacks.
 
The mortars struck the airport's runway and car park, without causing any injuries, on Thursday afternoon.
One airport worker who declined to be named said: "People ran for cover immediately after the mortar hit the runway. I was standing near the tower during the attack."
A government official also said that four people were also wounded when a gunbattle erupted outside the Globe hotel in the centre of the city.
 
The hotel often hosts members of the interim Somali government.
 
In a separate incident, two soldiers were reportedly killed in a gunfight with local clan militiamen in Laanta Bur, just outside Mogadishu, according to Ismail Yusuf, a local man.
 
The government had no immediate comment.
 
Pattern of attacks
 
The attacks are the latest to target the government and its allies, including the Ethiopian soldiers that are helping it hold the capital.
 
The interim government, supported by Ethiopian airpower and armour, drove the Union of Islamic Courts group out of Mogadishu in late December, ending its six-month rule of the capital and much of southern Somalia.
 
Members of the Islamic Courts who survived scattered back to their clan areas and have vowed to fight against the government and a planned 8,000-strong African Union (AU) peacekeeping force.
Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
Featured
Survivors of Bangladesh garment factory collapse say they received little compensation and face economic hardship.
As Iraq prepares to vote, deadly violence is surging. But at the site of one bomb attack, people insist life must go on.
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Up to 23,000 federal prisoners could qualify for clemency under new Justice Department initiative.
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
join our mailing list