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Clashes kill 38 people in Mogadishu
Sat, 02 Apr 2011 21:55:41 GMT
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Al-Shabab fighters in Mogadishu, Somalia (file photo)
At least 38 people have been killed during heavy clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters in Mogadishu.

Nearly 17 Somali soldiers died on Saturday after fighting broke out in Mogadishu's northern districts of Bondhere and Yaqshid.

More than 21 al-Shabab fighters were also killed during the bloody fighting, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.

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 nation.

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, and over 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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