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Insurgents attack police headquarters

May 09, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Islamist fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades and submachine guns seized the police headquarters at the heart of the Somali government's stronghold in Mogadishu, killing two soldiers and two policemen, witnesses said.

The ambush could not be immediately be verified by Somali officials.

It came a day after insurgents attacked Ethiopian military convoys in two rural areas, and the soldiers opened fire on civilians in response, killing at least 17 villagers, according to witnesses.

Ethiopia, which sent troops into Somalia last year to back up soldiers fighting Islamic insurgents, does not make public its military fatalities but the insurgents said one of their regional commanders was killed.

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