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Somalia: Grenade Hits Mosque, Citizens Flee Mogadishu Suburb

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At least ten people were injured, three seriously, after the explosion of a grenade at a mosque in Dharkeynley the outskirts of Mogadishu.

The local radio stations reported that the attack occurred Tuesday night. The faithful – according to the imam of the mosque – had gathered to pray Isha (night) at eight o’clock in the evening, when a violent roar was heard in the place of worship.

Among the wounded there is also said to be a child who is less than 10 years old, and they were taken to a nearby hospital.

The attack – the latest in a long series of explosions occurred from the withdrawal of the ‘al-Shabaab’ insurgents from the capital, after the offensive of African peacekeepers – has considerably affected the Somali public.

From this morning, there has been a veritable exodus of civilians in Kahda, in the same suburb, also the scene of heavy fighting.

Witnesses report that families who have loaded blankets, pots and stocks of grain on carts on horseback are walking towards the outside of the city.

Among them, many displaced people have arrived from the central regions and victims of severe famine that hit the country in the Horn of Africa still in the grip of a civil war that has now lasted for more than two decades.

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MISNA, or the Missionary International Service News Agency, provides daily news ‘from, about and for’ the 'world’s Souths', not just in the geographical sense, since December 1997.

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