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Mogadishu's Bakara Market Lies in Ruins

The area use to be a bustling center of commerce in the Somali capital. But that was before the al-Shabab militants moved into the area. VOA’s Peter Heinlein took these pictures during a tour of the area.

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Soldiers patrol the Bakara market's deserted, rubble-strewn streets (VOA - P. Heinlein)
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Soldiers patrol the Bakara market's deserted, rubble-strewn streets (VOA - P. Heinlein)

Bakara market lies in ruins, overlooking the ocean in Mogadishu (VOA - P. Heinlein)
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Bakara market lies in ruins, overlooking the ocean in Mogadishu (VOA - P. Heinlein)

A soldier with cigarette in his mouth shows off spent shell casing found in the rubble (VOA - P. Heinlein)
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A soldier with cigarette in his mouth shows off spent shell casing found in the rubble (VOA - P. Heinlein)

A solitary soldier surveys the damage (VOA - P. Heinlein)
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A solitary soldier surveys the damage (VOA - P. Heinlein)

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