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Somali Prime Minister Says Islamist Forces Dominated by Terrorists


Somalia's Interim Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi says his country is in the grip of a radical Islamic movement that is dominated by terrorists.

Mr. Gedi made the comment Monday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. He condemned Islamist militiamen for seizing the Somali port of Kismayo on Sunday, saying the move violates a peace deal brokered by the Arab League.

The takeover gives Islamist forces control of all major ports in southern Somalia. Islamist militiamen in Kismayo shot at people who protested the takeover on Monday, killing a 13-year-old boy and wounding two other people.

Mr. Gedi is urging the United Nations to partially lift a 14-year arms embargo on Somalia so he can invite regional peacekeepers to the country.

Witnesses say hundreds of Ethiopian troops had already arrived Monday in the Somali town of Baidoa, where the interim government is based. Ethiopia's foreign ministry denies those accounts.

Ethiopia has in the past vowed to protect the Somali government, which has virtually no power outside Baidoa.

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

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