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10 al-Shabab fighters killed in clashes
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 10:17:44 GMT
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Fierce fighting has broken out between armed militants and al-Shabab fighters in Haiiran region in Somalia, leaving several al-Shabab fighters dead.

Ten al-Shabab fighters were killed and five others wounded in clashes with militants, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The militants also captured three districts under al-Shabab fighters' control, the correspondent added.

In the meantime, al-Shabab fighters killed dozens of Somali troops in an ambush in Gedo region near the town of Luuq in Kured district.

Over 24 Somali forces lost their lives and two military vehicles destroyed in Friday's raid.

A Somali military officer told Press TV that al-Shabab fighters ambushed a military convoy heading for Luuq.

“I heard two large explosions,” the officer said.

Witnesses also confirmed that such an attack had actually taken place.

In the Somali capital, Mogadishu, police has banned anti- government demonstrations.

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 in makeshift camps in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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