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Clashes kill 51 in Somalia's capital
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 21:27:37 GMT
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Al-Shabab fighters (file photo)
Heavy clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters have killed 51 people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The people were killed on Thursday after bitter clashes broke out between al-Shabab fighters and the transitional government troops in Mogadishu's northern districts of Bondhere, Dayniile and Shibis as well as southern districts of Hawlwadig and Hodan, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Some 90 people were also injured as the two sides exchanged mortar rounds.

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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