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Three killed as insurgents and troops trade fire

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Ethiopian-backed government troops and Islamic insurgents exchanged gunfire in northern Mogadishu early yesterday, killing three people and ending more than a week of relative calm in this battlescar­red city, witnesses said. Stray bullets struck a minibus in the capital and killed three passengers, said Sabumo Hassan Elmi, a witness. Mogadishu's dominant clan, the Hawiye, had brokered a ceasefire about 10 days ago to end the worst fighting here in 15 years. Four days of bloodshed that started in late March and killed at least hundreds of people — and possibly more than 1,000.

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