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Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Date: 30 Nov 2010
MOGADISHU — A heavy firefight between African Union forces protecting Somalia’s fragile government and Islamist rebels killed at least nine civilians in Mogadishu Tuesday, medical sources and witnesses said.

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By MOHAMED SHEIK NOR

The Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The only ambulance service in war-torn Mogadishu said Wednesday that more than 4,200 bystanders have died in warfare the last two years, and a U.S. group that works to prevent civilian deaths said Somalia is more dangerous for civilians than Afghanistan or Iraq.

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By Mustafa Haji Abdinur (AFP)

MOGADISHU — Somalia’s Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab militants launched a fresh offensive in Mogadishu Thursday, sparking clashes that killed at least 19 civilians, medics and witnesses said.

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By SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK

Mogadishu — At least 5 civilians have been killed and 9 others have been injured in Mogadishu after heavy fighting between AMISOM troops and the Islamist forces broke out in the Somali capital, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Thursday.

Reports say that the fighting started as the Islamist fighters attacked Kuliyadda Jale Siad, a large base for the African Union troops specially the Burundians who were targeted on Thursday evening. (more…)

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By VOA News

Witnesses in Somalia’s capital say at least two people have been killed by a roadside bomb explosion.

The blast Sunday in Mogadishu’s Waberi district targeted a vehicle carrying Somali government soldiers.

Witnesses say the explosion missed the troops but killed two civilians who were standing nearby. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. (more…)

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BBC News

By MOHAMED MOHAMED

Somali journalist Ahmed-Tajir Omar Hashi was walking in Mogadishu’s Bakara market with his boss, the head of one of the country’s leading broadcasters, Radio Shabelle, recently when he heard the crack of gunfire.

“I was hit in the left hand and the bullet passed into my left side above the kidney. It felt as if I was hit with a little stone. I did not know what it was because I had never been shot before,” says Mr Hashi who is recovering from his injuries in hospital.

“When I looked back, I saw Muktar Mohamed Hirabe lying on the ground and a man with a hand-gun standing above him. Then, I realised that I was in trouble and ran for my life.

Mr Hirabe became the fifth journalist to be killed this year in Somalia, which has become one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists to work. (more…)

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