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Clash in Somalia's capital kills 14

At least 10 civilians and four militants were killed Tuesday in a gunfight between government forces and Islamist insurgents in Somalia, witnesses report.

At least 10 civilians and four militants were killed Tuesday in a gunfight between government forces and Islamists insurgents in Somalia, witnesses report.

Sa’id Ahmed told The Associated Press that the fighting erupted in the capital Mogadishu Tuesday after government forces moved into an insurgent-held neighbourhood.

He said government troops killed four al-Shabab fighters during the gunfight. Al-Shabab, a group of Islamic insurgents in Somalia, has been accused of building ties with al-Qaeda and leading violent attacks against the weak UN-backed government.

Ali Muse, who works with Mogadishu’s ambulance service, said his team collected the bodies of 10 civilians after the fighting. He said 39 wounded people were also taken to hospital.

with files from The Associated Press

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