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Kenyan Police Detain Somali Leaders After Fight


Police in Kenya have detained a Somali minister and two lawmakers for their role in a bloody brawl that broke out during a parliamentary session of the Somali government-in-exile.

The fight on Thursday took place during a contentious vote over the deployment of peacekeepers to Somalia.

Television footage showed lawmakers beating each other with walking sticks and throwing chairs and books at each other at a hotel in Nairobi where parliament is meeting.

Police say one of those detained is Somali trade minister, Musa Sudi Yalahow.

Somali lawmakers are divided over whether to allow peacekeepers into Somalia from bordering countries. Friday, East African officials attempted to defuse the situation, saying the first group of peacekeepers would only come from countries that do not border Somalia.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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