Six foreign militants among 16 killed in Somalia
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 20, 2011, 21:39
  
Mogadishu: Officials in Somalia say six al Qaeda-connected foreign fighters and two African Union soldiers are among 16 people killed in two days of fighting in the capital.

Battles between militants and government forces broke out Saturday and continued today.

Mogadishu ambulance service chief Ali Muse says his workers collected eight bodies. Muse says 40 people were wounded in the fighting, which saw mortar shells slam into residential neighborhoods.

Militants from al-Shabab paraded the bodies of two troops one Somali soldier and one from the African Union. The African Union said six al Qaeda connected commanders had been killed. It confirmed the deaths of two government-aligned soldiers.

Somalia has been torn apart by civil war for 20 years.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 20, 2011, 21:39


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