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[Published: Friday July 03 2009]


'Fighter influx' for Somali group

Mogadishu, 03 July-(ANA)-An Islamist commander in Somalia has said that there has been an influx of fighters from overseas joining their battle against the interim government.

The al-Shabab militant leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said several hundred foreigners had joined their militia, many from Pakistan, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, at least 25 people have been killed in fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, over the past two days.

Africa Union leaders meeting in Libya are due to discuss Somalia later.

There have been calls for the AU to boost its force of some 4,000 peacekeepers based in Mogadishu. (ANA)

FA/ANA/03 July 2009---



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