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Skirmishes leave 6 dead in Somalia
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:58:15 GMT
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Al-Shabab new recruits march during a parade at a military training base in Afgoye, west of the capital Mogadishu, on February 17, 2011.
Heavy clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters have left at least 6 people killed and many others injured in capital Mogadishu.

Six Somali soldiers lost their lives after bitter clashes broke out between al-Shabab fighters and the transitional government troops in southern Mogadishu's Industrial Road on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Twenty-two Somali soldiers also sustained injuries during the fierce gun battles.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The Somali government has struggled for years to restore security, but efforts have not yet yielded results in the Horn of Africa nation.

Up to one million people have lost their lives following years of fighting between rival warlords and because of an inability to deal with famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 IDPs are sheltering in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in poor and degrading conditions at makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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