UNHCR alarmed by resumption of mortar attacks in Mogadishu

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Civilians at a site for internally displaced people in the grounds of a ruined cathedral in Mogadishu

The resumption of mortar attacks by anti-government forces in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu has the UN refugee agency concerned.

UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards says mortars landed in a small settlement for internally displaced people in the Wardhigley district. But he adds they seem to have been intended for the nearby presidential palace.

"It is reported that up to four internally displaced people, including two children, were killed. The target of the attack is believed to have been a hostel housing pro-government forces in the nearby Villa Somalia compound, the presidential palace. But the mortars did not reach their target and instead landed among the IDPs."

This latest incident was the first such attack in Mogadishu since August 2011, when anti-government forces withdrew from the majority of districts in the capital.

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