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4 Somali soldiers killed in Mogadishu
Sat, 19 Mar 2011 03:07:41 GMT
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Unidentified gunmen have killed four Somali soldiers and injured seven civilians in the Yaaqshiid district of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

The gunmen opened fire in a crowded market in the north of Mogadishu on Friday and then fled the scene, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.

Also on Friday, al-Shabab fighters stormed into a large ceremony in the Yaaqshiid district and kidnapped 30 people, including a number of respected clerics.

A senior al-Shabab official told Press TV that the al-Shabab fighters have captured about 40 supporters of the Somali government who held meetings in which they plot against the group in the district.

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

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in the fighting between rival factions and due to 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 on makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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