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Six foreign militants among 16 killed in Somalia

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.


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