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Blast kills four soldiers in Somalia
Sun, 03 Apr 2011 10:07:38 GMT
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Al-Shabab fighters continue clashes against the Somali government. (file photo)
At least four soldiers have been killed and a dozen others left wounded in an explosion in Somalia near the capital Mogadishu.

The blast targeted the Aden Adde International Airport on Sunday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

A few military vehicles were also destroyed, the report added.

Many people have so far been killed in the clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters in Somalia.

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.

Nearly a million people have died following years of fighting between rival warlords and also due to the country's inability to deal with famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 IDPs have been sheltered in Mogadishu alone.

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

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