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AP | Abdi Guled and Katherine Houreld| August 5, 2011

 

Somali government troops opened fire Friday on hungry civilians, killing at least seven people, as both groups made a grab for food at a U.N. distribution site in the capital of this famine-stricken country, witnesses said.

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The New York Times | Jeffrey Gettleman | August 1, 2011

The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.

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AFP | July 31, 2011

 

Armed men shot and killed a Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu on Sunday, officials and witnesses said, in the latest violence to hit Somalia’s war-ravaged capital.

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VOA News | July 28, 2011

At least six people are reported to have been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu, as African Union and government forces battle to protect the flow of food aid against militant attacks.

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AFP | June 21, 2011

 

At least six people were killed Tuesday when a minibus carrying civilians struck a roadside bomb in the Somali capital, witnesses said.

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AFP | June 9, 2011

MOGADISHU — Two suicide bombers attacked the port in the Somalia capital Mogadishu Thursday, killing two civilian workers and also losing their own lives, witness and officials said. (more…)

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VOA News | June 2, 2011

MOGADISHU – New clashes in Somalia’s capital have killed at least 17 people, as pro-government troops continue to battle militants for control of a popular commercial site.
Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers are trying to take Mogadishu’s Bakara market from al-Shabab insurgents.

Medical officials say heavy fighting between the two sides Thursday has also wounded at least 40 people.

In recent days, pro-government troops have advanced to the market’s perimeter and set up positions there.  The al-Qaida-linked insurgents remain entrenched inside.

Bakara market is a strategically important site because it is the center of Mogadishu’s business district.

Al-Shabab has controlled much of the capital and large sections of central and southern Somalia for at least three years.

However, government and African Union forces have retaken parts of Mogadishu in an offensive that began in February.

Al-Shabab is trying to overthrow the United Nations-backed government and set up a strict Islamic state.

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