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Clashes Kill 10 People in Mogadishu

Published on Sunday 21st November 2010

Heavy clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters have left at least 10 people dead and 20 others wounded in Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports.

Several people -- mostly soldiers -- lost their lives late on Wednesday night when al-Shabab fighters launched an attack against Somali soldiers in Mogadishu's northern district of Boondheere.

According to the witnesses, many residents fled from the town after the battle began and most of those killed were militia members.

Somali ambulance workers said some twenty people sustained injuries after several mortar shells landed in the resident places.

Al-Shabaab official claimed to unveil the attacks that African Union troops/AMISOM planned against their strongest rebel. No statement from the government side about the combat.

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. Over 300,000 of the IDPs are sheltered in Mogadishu.

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

The horn of Africa country has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

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