Lightning strikes twice for Somali president

By Branko Brkic 29 October 2009

Somalia's president, Sheikh SharifAhmed, has escaped another attack by Islamic militants after deadly fighting erupted in the capital, Mogadishu. Last week the radical al-Shabaab group fired on his plane as he left for an African Union meeting in Uganda, prompting a mortar and artillery battle between rebels and AU troops that killed dozens of civilians. This time, Ahmed was returning from a trip to Yemen when insurgents began firing mortars, resulting in another lethal clash with AU peacekeepers.Read more: CNN, Reuters, BBC

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