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Violence kills 43 in Somali capital
Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:27AM
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Body of a militant killed during fighting in Hodon district, south of Somalia's capital Mogadishu.
Fighting in Mogadishu has killed at least 43 people as Somali government forces continue street clashes and artillery exchanges with militants.

Nine people including five members of the Somali military were killed on Thursday when an improvised explosive device (IED) placed near a military vehicle in Mogadishu's southern district of Waberi went off, a Press TV correspondent reported.

A similar attack occurred in the Hamar Weyne district near the Presidential Palace when a bomb blast targeted a Somali government vehicle, killing four people, including two civilians. Eight others suffered injuries in the attack.

Separately, al-Shabab fighters claimed to have killed 11 Somali government troops after they took control of a military base in the Boondhere district in Mogadishu on Thursday evening. Five al-Shabab members were killed in the incident.

Witnesses said three civilians were shot dead in the area as they tried to flee the battle.

The bodies of five members of the Hizbul Islam group were also shown to journalists on Thursday. Somali military officers said the fighters had been killed during a gun battle in the Hodon district. They added that nine Hizbul Islam members were injured in the clash.

Moreover, six other civilians were killed in street clashes and artillery exchanges in Mogadishu's Hodon district.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. The Somali government has struggled for years to restore security, but efforts have not yet yielded results in the Horn of Africa country.

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