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Mortar attack kills 17 at market

October 07, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Mortar rounds slammed into a market in Somalia's capital, killing at least 17 people, after a failed insurgent attack on the presidential palace.

Shabab, a radical Islamic group at the heart of the Somali insurgency, claimed responsibility for the initial attack in Mogadishu.

Mortar shells then slammed into the Bakara market, where people can buy items as varied as packets of rice and sugar and grenades and AK-47s. The government suspects insurgents use the market as a base, and it often comes under fire.

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