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At Least 11 Dead in Somali Violence


Medical officials in Somalia say fighting in several parts of the capital, Mogadishu, has left at least 11 civilians dead.

The officials say the fighting Friday between government forces and Islamic insurgents took part in both northern and southern areas of the city.

Medical workers say at least 20 others were wounded in the fighting.

Islamic militants control much of Mogadishu, and large parts of southern Somalia, and have been trying to topple Somalia's fragile transitional government for three years.

The U.N.-backed government controls the airport, seaport and presidential palace in Mogadishu with the help of African Union peacekeepers.

The transitional government has promised for weeks to launch an offensive against insurgent groups, but has yet to do so.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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