Violence, killings wrack Somali capital

The streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, were empty Sunday, after 17 civilians were killed in fighting between Somali troops and Islamic insurgents. The dead — which included women, children and elderly victims — were found beaten and with bullet wounds to their head and chest Saturday, CNN reported. As many as 100,000 people have left the capital city in the last two weeks, fleeing violence between Ethiopian-backed government troops and insurgents who are trying to overthrow the weak regime, the United Nations said. Full Story

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