` Hundreds of Families are fleeing `Somali Capital’ following `Mortar Fire’ landing on Civilian Homes’

#AceWorldNews says hundreds of families are fleeing the Somali capital after a spike in the number of clashes between militants and pro-government troops, AP reported, citing local residents.

On Thursday, dozens of vehicles piled high with belongings headed to the outskirts of Mogadishu.

Heavy clashes have included mortar fire that has landed on civilian homes, witnesses say.

Mogadishu has seen relative stability since the ouster of Islamist rebels from Al-Shabab in 2011.

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