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Spike in Somali violence condemned by U.N.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 12 (UPI) -- A recent surge in violence in Somalia allegedly backed by foreigners drew criticism Tuesday from the U.N. envoy for the country.

According to a news release, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, U.N. special representative for Somalia, on Tuesday called the spike in violence that has resulted in "possibly hundreds of people killed" an attempt to destabilize the Horn of Africa country, the United Nations reported.

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The violence, which has included armed attacks and explosives, has also resulted in the death of a Somalian lawmaker and attempted assassination of government Cabinet member.

Ould-Abdallah called for an immediate cease-fire.

"There is now a legitimate, internationally recognized government in Mogadishu, which should be supported," Ould-Abdallah said in a statement.

"Instead, irresponsible elements backed by foreigners have attacked Mogadishu in an attempt to seize power by force. … (The people of Somalia) have clearly shown they are sick and tired of the conflict, yet once again they are subjected to violence which has killed and displaced innocent men, women and children."

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