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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Battle over Mogadishu: AU Drawn In

Government officials say they have wrested control of central Mogadishu from anti-government fighters after a day of intense battles in the Somali capital.

At least 11 people were killed in the fighting on Sunday as fighters advanced into northern Mogadishu, close to the presidential palace.

But Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siad, the Somali defence minister, said government forces had since regained control.

"We are on the northern outskirts of Mogadishu," he said.

"We have defeated the enemy and we have pushed them back from all the areas they had captured."

Witnesses and officials from the interim government said opposition groups advanced so close to the presidential palace that African Union (AU) peacekeepers guarding it were drawn into the fight for the first time.

link: Al Jazeera English - Africa - Somali government 'retakes capital'


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