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New barrages of mortar fire frighten Mogadishu

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 5:10 a.m.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Barrages of mortar fire have been rattling Somalia's capital the last two nights, raising fears of a return to a more violent time.

Mortar fire fell across Mogadishu both Monday and Tuesday nights, prompting security officials to scramble to find the culprits.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed told a room full of top political and security officials that the attacks are creating fear in the city and must be stopped.

Halimo Aden, a mother of four in Mogadishu, said three mortars landed in her neighborhood, wounding two people. She called the attacks scary and said they are reminiscent of the daily violence Mogadishu experienced in 2010.

Sahra Nor, a nurse at a Mogadishu hospital, said her medical facility treated 12 people wounded by the mortar fire.