Friday Jul 29, 201109:51 AM GMT
Fresh violence in Somalia kills 67
Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:2AM
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Al-Shabab fighters (file photo)
At least 67 people have been killed in recent clashes between Somali government forces and al-Shabab fighters in the capital city of Mogadishu.

Lieutenant Colonel Ali Canood Abdulahi said on Thursday that government troops carried out an attack and killed more than 37 al-Shabab fighters and captured new bases in Mogadishu, a Press TV corresponded reported on Friday.

The key positions that are now in government control are the Yakhshiid district and Ex-Control Street in north Mogadishu.

Meanwhile, African Union troops that support Somali government forces mistakenly shelled the newly-seized positions and killed at least 30 Somali soldiers.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in the fighting among rival factions and because of famine and disease.

The Friday deaths come a week after the UN declared famine in two southern locations of Somalia.

Al-Shabab has said that organizations, such as the World Food Program, that have been banned by the group will not be allowed to return to Somali. Fighters say these groups have “ulterior political motives.”

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