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Second day of clashes in Somalia

Published 10/12/2006

Government forces backed by Ethiopian troops have clashed for a second day

with Islamic militiamen near a village in southern Somalia, officials said.

An Islamic courts official, said yesterday that the government had launched a counterattack at Rama'addey village, while prime minister Ali Mohamed Gedi

claimed that Islamic militiamen had attacked government positions.

``The Ethiopian troops, along with government troops, have counterattacked our

militia ... The fighting is going on,'' said Mr Bilal, an Islamic courts

official of the Bay region where the village is located.

The transitional government and Ethiopia have consistently denied that Ethiopian forces are in the country, but their presence has been widely reported by witnesses and


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