Somali government soldiers
Mogadishu, Somalia, 1 March 2008 - Insurgents have attacked the Rage Aele district in north Mogadishu, kidnapping the district's deputy chairman and killing 6 bodyguards.
The insurgents armed with automatic rifles reportedly took the chairman to the hideout of an Islamic Courts Union officer, Moaliim Hashi Mahmud between Jowhar and Rage Aele, informed sources told a Press TV correspondent on Saturday.
Somali insurgents have also gunned down an officer in his home in the Medina district last night.
On Saturday, the Ethiopian army used airplanes to transfer the bodies of more that 59 soldiers mostly killed in the Towfiikh District Base.
Thousands of Somalis have been killed in fighting between insurgents and Ethiopian troops supporting Somalia's shaky government over the past 14 month.
The interim government, backed by the Ethiopian soldiers, is battling rebels in Mogadishu who were driven out of the city last year.
Source: Press TV