Clipped From The Galveston Daily News
U.N. fires into crowd, killing 14 in Somalia Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia — Pakistani soldiers unleashed heavy gunfire Sunday on a crowd of Somali protesters for a second consecutive day, killing at least 14 people, including children, and wounding 30. American AC-130 gunshipa later launched another night of shelling aimed at an arms depot linked with warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, the alleged mastermind of ambushes that killed 23 Pakistani peacekeepers and wounded 59 others on June 5. Dozens of blasts echoed through the night as the high-tech, four- engine planes began hitting their target in southern Mogadishu. It was the third attack in three days. On Saturday, aircraft shelled a suspected weapons site belonging to Aidid's chief financial backer. The protests and strikes show the volatile nature of the city more than six months after U.S.-led forces arrived to try to restore order and protect relief efforts. No letup in sight Earlier in the day, the United Nations said it will continue its campaign against the warlord. "We want to move on aggressively and disarm" Aidid's forces, "Koffi Annan, the U.N. undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations, said in New York after the second attack began. Although tons of ammunition, tanks, artillery pieces and other military hardware were captured, U.N. officials acknowledged Aidid may have plenty more hidden away. A witness said Pakistani soldiers appeared to open fire Sunday without provocation on a crowd of thousands of Aidid supporters at a traffic circle. "These people were running, they were densely packed," said Toronto Star reporter Paul Watson. "I do not recall hearing a shot before the Pakistanis opened fire. They fired hundreds of rounds." Among those killed was a 12- year-old boy and 2-year-old boy, who was hit in the abdomen a half- mile from the protest. Officials at Digfer Hospital showed reporters seven bodies and said they had several more, but relatives refused to give the reporters access. Later counts raised the death toll to at least 14. Three bullets hit the side of a hotel across from the traffic circle. One of the bullets punched a hole in the hotel wall, narrowly missing an Associated Press reporter. Brig. Gen. Ikram ul-Hasan, commander of Pakistani forces in Somalia, denied his men were seeking revenge for the ambushes.