Mogadishu mortar attack kills 4 from 1 family

By the Associated Press | March 19, 2012 | 9:16 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials in Somalia's capital say a mortar shell slammed into a house overnight, killing four people from one family.

Mogadishu ambulance service chief Ali Muse said Monday that several mortars hit houses as families slept. Muse said a father, mother and two children were killed in one house. An additional 12 people were wounded.

African Union forces have largely pushed fighters from the militant group al-Shabab out of the capital, but sporadic fighting continues.

Al-Shabab appeared to claim responsibility for the mortar attacks on its Twitter feed Monday, saying that the mortars had hit the presidential palace.