Many killed in Somali clashes

Civilians and police commander caught in Mogadishu crossfire.

    Residents say the clashes are the strongest fighting they have seen in months

    Asha Moalim, a Mogadishu resident, said: "This is the strongest fighting we have seen in recent months."

    A surge of violence in Somalia's capital since last month has killed about 200 people as Somali fighters battle the interim government and its allies.

    The fighters want to topple the Western-backed government. Somalia has had no effective central government for nearly two decades amid widespread tribal power struggles.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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