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Ethiopian Soldier Killed in Southern Somalia

Gunmen have attacked Ethiopian soldiers in southern Somalia, killing one and wounding another.

Witnesses say the ambush occurred Thursday in the main market of Kismayo, a coastal city 500 kilometers south of the capital, Mogadishu.

Ethiopian troops began withdrawing from Somalia earlier this week after helping the country's transitional government take control from radical Islamist militias.

However, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said some of his troops will stay in Somalia until African Union peacekeepers are ready to take their place.

In Mogadishu, a mortar attack on the main airport killed at least one person and wounded three others Wednesday. It was not clear who was behind the attack.

Leaders of the ousted Islamist movement have promised a guerilla war against the government and its Ethiopian backers.

Meanwhile, a U.S. military official says the United States carried out a new air strike against suspected al-Qaida targets in southern Somalia.

The official told VOA on Wednesday that a C-130 gunship carried out the attack this week. He would not say whether the intended targets were hit.

The U.S. is chasing suspects in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa.

A C-130 gunship carried out a similar attack in southern Somalia earlier this month.

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