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Somali Islamist Group Claims Responsibility for Death of Mogadishu Mayor's Spokesman


A Somali Islamist group has claimed responsibility for the death of the spokesman for Mogadishu's mayor.

The Mujahideen Youth Movement published a statement on its Web site Saturday claiming to have detonated the roadside bomb that killed Mohamed Muhuyidin Ali.

Officials said earlier that Ali was fatally wounded from the blast and later died in a local hospital.

Fighting between Islamist-led insurgents and Ethiopian-backed government troops over the past year has killed an estimated 6,000 people.

The United Nations estimates around 600,000 people have fled fighting in the capital this year.

The east African country has not had a stable central government since 1991.

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