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Somali Gunmen Release Abducted Libyan Diplomats


Officials with the Libyan embassy in Somalia say two Libyan diplomats kidnapped in the capital, Mogadishu, have been released unharmed.

The officials say the two men are back in the embassy and are safe after they were seized earlier Saturday while shopping in the Bakara market, which is a stronghold of Islamists fighting government forces allied with Ethiopian troops.

The Islamists have been conducting an Iraq-style insurgency since the joint government forces routed them from their strongholds throughout Somalia last year.

The fighting is believed to have killed 6,000 people since then.

The United Nations estimates about 600,000 people have fled the city for safer areas.

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

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

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