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Somali market hit by deadly clashes

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A fresh outbreak of violence in Somalia has left at least a dozen people dead. Panic spread around a sprawling market in Mogadishu as artillery battles raged between allied Somali-Ethiopian troops and Islamist rebels. Some reports spoke of 20 mortar bombs exploding in the heart of the coastal capital.

Without effective central governance since 1991, the Horn of Africa nation is gripped by anarchy. An Iraq-style insurgency by Islamist fighters has claimed thousands of lives and triggered a humanitarian crisis.

Civilians including women and children were said to be among those killed in yesterday’s clashes.