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10 Somali soldiers killed in ambush
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:22:17 GMT
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Somali government soldiers ride on the back of an armed pickup truck in Mogadishu. (file photo)
At least 10 government soldiers have been killed after al-Shabab fighters ambushed the transitional government troops in southern part of Somalia.

The troops died on Tuesday night after al-Shabab fighters launched a surprise attack against transitional government forces in Elwak town near the border with Kenya, a Press TV correspondent reported.

One military vehicle belonging to Somali military forces was burnt, and two others were damaged by gunshots.

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.

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