Somali death toll rises to 85

MOGADISHU - The death toll from battles between Islamist-led insurgents and allied Ethiopian-Somali troops rose to 85 yesterday, leaving corpses on the streets and deepening the Horn of Africa nation's humanitarian crisis.

MOGADISHU - The death toll from battles between Islamist-led insurgents and allied Ethiopian-Somali troops rose to 85 yesterday, leaving corpses on the streets and deepening the Horn of Africa nation's humanitarian crisis.

After mortars and machine gun fire rocked Mogadishu at the weekend, Islamist fighters seized the southern coastal town of Guda, killing four Somali soldiers and wounding at least seven more, locals said. - Reuters

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