Mogadishu hit by heavy shelling

At least seven people killed after African Union forces respond to al-Shabab attack.

    African Union peacekeepers and the government control a small part of the Somali capital [Reuters]

    It was the first meeting since December for the Somali parliament, many members of which live outside the country because of security fears.

    MPs had been scheduled to hold a vote of confidence in the government and a "no" vote could have forced the government to resign.

    Sharif Ahmed, the president, has so far failed to deliver on the hope he would be able to unite some of the country's warring factions and establish a greater degree of central power following his election in January 2009.

    The Transitional Federal Government controls just a small portion of the capital, while al-Shabab and allied armed groups control much of the rest of the city, as well as large areas of south and central Somalia.

    Government forces have repeatedly said that they are planning an offensive against al-Shabab and the other groups in Mogadishu, but they are still to make an significant move against them.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.