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Somali PM Accuses Middle East Trio of Backing Terrorists


Somalia's prime minister is accusing three Middle East nations of trying to destroy the transitional government.

Mohammed Ali Gedi says Egypt, Libya and Iran are supporting terrorists who are causing chaos in the Horn of Africa nation.

Mr. Gedi's accusations came after he joined hundreds of mourners at Saturday's funeral of Abdallah Deerow Isaaq, who was assassinated Friday outside a mosque in Baidoa. Isaaq was the interim government's minister for constitutional and federal affairs.

Isaaq's death is the latest blow to Somalia's U.N.-backed interim government, which is powerless outside of its base in Baidoa. Islamic militias have seized control of the capital, Mogadishu, and much of southern Somalia.

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

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