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Islamist fighters seized the town

April 7 2008

Islamist militants launched an offensive in Somalia, capturing an important commercial city of Balad.

Located 30 km north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the city was taken after heavy fighting with the army of the transitional government.

For several years without much success this government is trying to assert his authority in the country after years of anarchy. In 2006 it was able to move to Mogadishu only with the help of invited Ethiopian troops, breaking out of the city the Islamists. Prior to that, the Islamists controlled Mogadishu for several months, ITAR-TASS.

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