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Somali government forces, opposition clash

Somali government forces, opposition clash

ABDI SHEIK SOMALI government troops and opposition supporters - including some soldiers - exchanged gunfire in Mogadishu yesterday in street clashes that broke out during a protest march over delayed elections. Demonstrators said they had been attacked first by the government forces. Residents reported sporadic shooting and said rocket-propelled grenades had also been fired. The violence, which followed fighting overnight, subsided by Friday afternoon. But it fueled concern that the military could split along clan lines. It could also strengthen an al Qaeda-linked insurgency, especially as hundreds of U.S. troops have just pulled out of Somalia. Lawmakers were due to…
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Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali government, fighters

Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali government, fighters

DOZENS of soldiers and insurgents were killed in two days of fighting between Somali government forces and al Shabaab militants northwest of the capital Mogadishu, a witness has told Reuters. Somalia's state news agency Sonna said the military had killed about 50 fighters from the al Qaeda-allied Islamist group. No immediate account of the battle was available from the militants. Hussein Ali, a farmer in the Afgoye area, told Reuters he and other civilians had been trapped in the crossfire during two nights of fighting. "The Somali government transported dozens of dead bodies. Likewise, al Shabaab took dozens of their…
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