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Somali Officials Say Insurgents Fired Mortars at President's Plane


Officials in Somalia say insurgents fired mortars at a plane carrying President Abdullahi Yusuf to neighboring Djibouti.

Hussein Mohamed, a presidential spokesman, says Mr. Yusuf was not harmed Sunday's attack at Mogadishu airport. The spokesman said five mortar shells landed in the airport.

The president is due to meet with a delegation of the U.N. Security Council in Djibouti as part of its week-long trip to promote peace in Africa.

Insurgents have waged a deadly 17-month battle against Somalia's Ethiopian-backed interim government.

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

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