Somalia: President escapes deadly fighting

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According to CNN, President Sheikh Ahmed escaped an opportunist attack by Islamic militants Wednesday as deadly fighting erupted in the center of Mogadishu. The President was returning from a trip to Yemen when insurgents began firing mortars, which resulted in a clash with African Union peacekeepers. Abdulkadir Barnamij affirmed, “The Islamic insurgents were just guessing the arrival of the president so they started firing mortars, just to send a kind of their regular violent message that they are around.” The head of an emergency group in the city, Ali Muse confirmed that three people died and 16 others were injured during the fighting.

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