people were killed and six wounded here Wednesday when gunmen escorting a parliamentary
convoy returned fire on unknown assailants, witnesses told AFP.
was not immediately clear whether the assailants were among the dead.
members of the transitional assembly formed in Djibouti in late August had just
arrived in Somalia, where they were due to establish the country's first parliament
since the 1991 fall of president Mohammed Siad Barre.
"The parliamentarians arrived from Djibouti here peacefully after landing at Balidogle
airport but received fire from freelance gunmen," said General Osman Skeikh Ali
"Badma'eye", who is in charge of security for MPs, told AFP.
Freelance gunmen had been hired to provide security for the convoy.