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Senior Official in Somali Islamist Movement Arrives in Yemen


A senior leader of Somalia's defeated Islamist movement has arrived in Yemen.

Yemeni officials say Sheikh Sharif Ahmed will be allowed to stay in the country.

Ahmed is a moderate and is seen my many in the international community as crucial in helping with the reconciliation process in war-torn Somalia.

Somalia's transitional government drove out Islamist forces from the capital, Mogadishu, in December with the help of Ethiopian forces.

Islamist leaders have vowed to mount an Iraq-style insurgency against the government.

Meanwhile Thursday, witnesses in Mogadishu said unidentified attackers fired a mortar in the city, wounding at least four people. The mortar shell hit an area near Tarbunka Square, where Ethiopian troops were working.

On Wednesday, mortar fire killed at least two people, and on Tuesday, a shell landed near the Somali presidential palace.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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