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Somali clashes leave 35 dead
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:56:02 GMT
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Somali government-allied Ahlu Sunna Waljama militiamen
At least 35 Somali troops and government-allied Ahlu Sunna Waljama militiamen have been killed in fierce clashes with al-Shabab fighters southwest of the country.

Eight transitional government troops and 27 gunmen from pro-government Ahlu Sunna Waljama group were killed on Thursday after they engaged in skirmishes with al-Shabab fighters in the town of Luuq, situated 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Ethiopian border, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Scores of al-Shabab fighters were also killed and wounded during the deadly clashes.

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 been killed in Somalia in the fighting between rival factions and also due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, with over 300,000 of them sheltering in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in poor and degrading conditions on makeshift camps in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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