At least 10 people have been killed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu as local insurgents and Ethiopian troops engage in some of the heaviest fighting in months.

The latest fighting began when Ethiopia moved reinforcements into Mogadishu.

Locals say those troops attacked areas of the city where Islamic insurgents were known to be based.

The offensive involved some the heaviest shelling and machine-gun fire seen in the city this year.

Ethiopian troops helped Somalia’s weak interim Government oust a hardline Islamist movement late last year.

Since then remnants of militia loyal to the Islamists have adopted guerilla warfare tactics against Ethiopian and Somali Government forces.

By Africa correspondent Andrew Geoghegan

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