Peacekeepers, insurgents clash in Somalia

Nov. 17, 2007 at 1:17 PM
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MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Islamic insurgents and African Union peacekeepers exchanged gunfire Saturday in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, resulting in at least one rebel's death.

The BBC reported the gun battle occurred after insurgents launched an overnight raid on an African Union base in the capital. African Union officials said no Ugandan peacekeepers were killed in the latest confrontation since rebel leader Sheikh Aden Hashi Ayrow ordered his followers to attack AU forces.

Meanwhile, two people died and dozens of other people were injured in Mogadishu after a mini-van hit a landmine Saturday, local media said.

President Abdullahi Yusuf has blamed the increased violence in and around the capital on Ayrow and his followers, who represent a militant wing of the Union of Islamic Courts.

While government troops have been pairing with their Ethiopian counterparts to search for insurgents throughout Mogadishu, that effort has been met with a series of deadly clashes all week.

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