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Mogadishu Violence Kills 3, Wounds at Least 2


The latest violence in Somalia's war-torn capital has killed at least three people and wounded at least two others.

Witnesses say at least three civilians died after unidentified attackers threw a grenade at a small restaurant in southern Mogadishu late Thursday. The intended target was not immediately clear.

Also Friday, the European Commission said it has allocated more than $13 million in aid to Somalia to help thousands of displaced people affected by violence and extreme weather conditions. The commission said the funds will be used to provide food, water and better sanitation.

Somalia has been mired in chaos since the fall of the last central government in 1991.

Somalia's interim government recently opened a national peace conference in hopes of restoring order and security to the country.

The talks have yet to yield any sign of reconciliation between the country's many clans and factions.

Islamists are boycotting the conference to protest the presence of Ethiopian soldiers protecting the government.

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

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