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Somali forces in deadly clash
Fighting between government troops and police leaves 13 dead and 14 injured in capital.
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2010 12:18 GMT
Fighting in Somalia has killed at least 21,000 people since 2007 and displaced another 1.5 million [AFP]

At least 13 people have been killed and 14 others injured in fighting between Somali government troops and police in the capital, Mogadishu.

Police said the fighting erupted on Saturday in the Hamarjajab district in the south of the capital after an argument broke out between the police and recently-trained Somali government soldiers.

"The clashes came after some of the government troops started to rob a civilian car and the police were trying to stop it," Abdullahi Mo`alim Kerow, a police officer, told the Reuters news agency.

"We have collected bodies of nine government troops ... and three unidentified civilians," he said.

'Unfortunate' clash

Kerow said the injured had been taken to hospital and the fighting had stopped shortly afterwards.

"This kind of clash among the government troops is unfortunate and has been repeated so many times, claiming the lives of nearly 100 troops since January," he said.

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Ten civilians were wounded and one of them later died, Ali Muse Abdi, the coordinator of ambulance services in Mogadishu, told Reuters.

Somalia has had no effective government for 19 years and Western nations and neighbours say the country is used as a shelter by fighters planning attacks in East Africa and further afield.

Members of Al-Shabab, Somalia's armed anti-government group, have been fighting to topple Somalia's African Union-backed government, which is led by Sharif Ahmed, the president.

More than 21,000 civilians have been killed since the start of the violence.

The country's Transitional Federal Government controls only a few blocks of Mogadishu with the help of African Union peacekeepers.

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