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Ten dead in Somalia after al-Shabaab clash with Ethiopian troops

May 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 23 (UPI) -- About 10 people are believed to have been killed in clashes between Ethiopian troops and al-Shabaab insurgents in the Somali city of Beledweyn, officials say.

The fighting began after al-Shabaab fighters opened fire on residents of a small town on the outskirts of the city, Shabelle Media Network reported Thursday.

Ethiopian troops quickly arrived, causing the insurgents to retreat, said Isaq Ali Abdulle, commander of government forces in the region.

Government forces secured the area, but not before the militants caused more damage to property, Abdulle said.

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