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Somalia - At least 12 dead in Mogadishu shelling
Staff and agencies
13 December, 2007
By SALAD DUHUL, Associated Press Writer
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Mortars slammed into the biggest market in Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least 12 people hours after a government official warned radical Muslims had regrouped and were poised to launch a massive attack.
"I saw so many dead people lying on the road, I couldn‘t even look at them. I was so scared for my life," said Salah Garweyne, a Mogadishu resident.
Before the attack, Sheik Qasim Ibrahim Nur, director of security at the National Security Ministry, said the government has "no power to resist the Islamists" and was failing to control most of the country.
Nur appealed for international support, saying the Islamists "are everywhere."
The comments — a rare acknowledgment by the government that its control is tenuous at best — come amid increasing signs that the Council of Islamic Courts is again gaining power in this Horn of Africa nation.
Ethiopian officials were not immediately available for comment Thursday.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since warlords overthrew a dictator in 1991, and then turned on one another. The current government, led by President Abdullahi Yusuf, was formed in 2004 with the support of the U.N., but has struggled to assert any real control.
Associated Press Writers Mohamed Olad Hassan in Mogadishu and Elizabeth A. Kennedy in Nairobi, Kenya, contributed to this report
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