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Somalia's Deputy Mayors Escape from Fatal Roadside Bomb Attack

Officials and witnesses in Somalia say at least one person was killed when a roadside bomb exploded in Mogadishu Saturday near the convoy of the capital city's two deputy mayors.

The convoy was traveling through northern Mogadishu when the bomb was detonated. A teenage boy was killed, and four government troops were wounded. The deputy mayors narrowly avoided injury.

Guerrilla attacks have increased in Mogadishu since government troops allied with Ethiopian forces battled Islamist forces in March and April, killing more than 1,000 people.

Somalia has been without an effective government since 1991, when warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and then turned against each other.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin visited Somalia Saturday to discuss the security situation with government officials.

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