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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.
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