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Somalia Attack May Threaten Truce


At least one person in Somalia has died in an attack on a warlord, two days after warring factions reportedly signed a cease-fire.

Militia leaders say the attack by Islamic gunmen near Mogadishu Tuesday, could threaten the unofficial truce.

At least 150 people were killed last week in battles between a coalition of warlords and militias loyal to the Islamic courts.

The militias say the Islamic courts have provided law and order. But the warlords claim the Islamic groups have ties to al-Qaida terrorists.

Islamic leaders also have accused the United States of supporting the warlords. American officials have declined to comment on any relationship, but have said they support the alliance's goal of rooting out terrorists.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
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