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29 December 2006 :: 16:12:20 pm 31118

Troops Enter Mogadishu; Refugees Drown

Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian forces rolled into Mogadishu without firing a shot Thursday, a striking gain in its bid to recapture the country from an Islamic movement that had once seemed nearly invincible.
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Off the coast, Yemeni authorities opened fire on boats filled with refugees fleeing the fighting, and at least 17 people drowned in the Gulf of Aden when one vessels capsized, the United Nations refugee agency said Thursday. About 140 people were missing, the Geneva-based agency said.

Hours before the troops entered the capital, the Islamic militants fled Mogadishu, pledging to make a last stand in southern Somalia.

“We are in Mogadishu,” Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi said after flying from the government’s temporary base in western Somalia and meeting with local clan leaders to discuss the handover of the city. “We are coordinating our forces to take control of Mogadishu.”

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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