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    Seven killed in fresh Somali violence Sat, 01 Nov 2008 http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=73956§ionid=351020501 Ethiopia will begin pulling out its
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      Seven killed in fresh Somali violence
      Sat, 01 Nov 2008
      http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=73956§ionid=351020501


      Ethiopia will begin pulling out its troops on November 21.

      Three Ethiopian soldiers and four Somali civilians have been killed
      in capital Mogadishu, a week after the signing of a peace pact.

      Eyewitnesses told Press TV correspondent that they saw three young
      men running away after they gunned down three Ethiopian soldiers near
      a school in the Wardhiigley District south of Mogadishu.

      The Ethiopian soldiers were carrying out house-to-house searches when
      they were killed in the ambush, our correspondent said.

      In a separate incident, four civilians who were riding in a minibus
      were killed south of the capital.

      "The soldiers ordered these four men to get out of the bus and sleep
      on the ground. They shot them in their heads and began looting the
      minibus," one of the minibus' passengers told our correspondent.

      Somali army spokesman Daahir Mohamed Hirsi however denied the report,
      saying no government soldier would kill civilians.

      "Army uniforms are available from any store in Mogadishu. If some men
      are wearing uniforms, it doesn't mean they are government soldiers,"
      he said.

      The report comes a week after Somalia's government signed a landmark
      peace agreement with opposition groups in Djibouti.

      According to the agreement, Ethiopian troops are to start the pullout
      on November 21 and will be ultimately replaced by UN forces. Until
      then, African Union (AU) peacekeepers, Somali troops and ARS security
      forces are to maintain the order.

      Insurgents have stepped up their attacks on government and Ethiopian
      targets in recent months, vowing not to relent until Addis Ababa
      withdraws its soldiers from Somalia.

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