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Tension grips Somali capital as locals fear new fighting

Tension gripped the lawless Somali capital as a US-backed warlord alliance denied it had agreed to a truce with Islamic militia to end more than a week of deadly violence. The Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT) said it had not signed a ceasefire allegedly brokered by elders on Sunday but had stopped fighting because the Islamists had suspended attacks on its forces. “There is no ceasefire, only one group was responsible for this violence and if they stop, that is the end of the hostilities,” alliance spokesman Hussein Gutale Raghe said. Full Story

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