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5 die in fresh violence in Somali capital, witnesses say

Issue 308
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Election Commission Member Says: "Finance Ministry Is Jeopardising Election Timetable"

Kulmiye Party Decides Not To Work With President Rayale

Puntland Commander Defects to Somaliland - Official

''Somalia Completes its Devolutionary Cycle''

Somali pirates leave Japan-owned ship, crew safe

UN Focuses On Persecution Of Somalia Journalists

Gunmen kidnap French journalist in north Somalia

Somaliland: On The Road To Independent Statehood?

Somaliland And The Bush Administration: Is There A Change On The Horizon?

Ethiopians Said to Push Civilians Into Rebel War

Sending Money And Ideas Home

UNPO Participates in Nonviolent Radical Party Conference

Somaliland: Growing Democracy Yet No Aid

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Somaliland’s Recognition is in Emergency State

Somaliland MP Met With Liberal Democrat MP Mark Hunter in the House of Commons

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EU Agrees To Send Mission To Kosovo

Sweden rejects Somali refugees

Al Jazeera goes English, hits 100 million homes

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Technology Widens Rich-Poor Gap

Fortress Europe And Begging Africa

Nomad International in Somaliland to launch a new project and evaluate existing projects

SOMALILAND: Africa At It’s Best

Leader In War Could Be Leader In Peace

Lost Boys

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Fragile First Step To Pave Dilla-Borama Road

Political Wounds That Never Heal

The Africa Command Prospect And The Partition Of Somalia

Israelis Embark on Journey to Mecca

Historic Canadian-Somali Lobby Day on Parliament Hill - Meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper - CJC hosts Reception

Somalia: The Worst Ever!

Huge Yes To Flat Rate



MOGADISHU, Somalia, December 11, 2007 – An explosion followed by a 30-minute gunbattle killed at least five people in the Somali capital Tuesday.

Such violence has forced thousands to flee, and aid workers on Tuesday described severe malnutrition among those trying to escape the city.

Tuesday's violence began when a roadside bomb struck a government convoy near Mogadishu's Bakara Market, killing three Somali soldiers, said Sharif Omar, a Mogadishu resident who witnessed the attack.

"After the blast, I saw the bodies of three soldiers being dragged out of the car," Omar said, adding that another soldier was seriously injured.

Minutes later, government soldiers fought for 30 minutes with 20 gunmen, killing two civilians, said another witness, Mohamed Ahmed Garun.

Somalia faces what the United Nations says is the biggest humanitarian crisis in Africa. The country's fragile government is battling an Islamic insurgency that has killed thousands of people this year.

On Tuesday, the international aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said the road leading out of Mogadishu was a scene of desperation.

"In the past two weeks, more than 250 severely malnourished children, including 80 suffering from severe acute malnutrition, were admitted to MSF feeding centers," the group, also known as Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement. "Needs for water, food, shelter and medical care are rapidly increasing."

Source: The Associated Press

 


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