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Violence Grips Somalia's Capital, Killing Scores

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Violence Grips Somalia's Capital, Killing Scores

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Violence Grips Somalia's Capital, Killing Scores

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DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

And now news from another troubled African nation, Somalia. More than 50 people were killed today in the capital Mogadishu as Islamist fighters fought Ethiopians troops who are backing Somalia's government, scores more died earlier in the week.

According to wire services, most of the victims were civilians. The U.N. Refugee Agency reports more than 320,000 Somalis have fled the city. An Associated Press correspondent saw refugees streaming out of the city, carrying cooking utensils and other possessions wrapped in sheets. Some say they have not eaten in days.

The U.N. is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe. The Islamist ruled most of southern Somalia until Ethiopian troops invaded and ousted them from Mogadishu and other strongholds in December. But with the backing of some clan leaders, the Islamists have regrouped and are trying to topple the Somali president and drive out the Ethiopian troops who backed him.

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