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Tuesday, March 9, 1999 Published at 15:13 GMT

World: Africa

Ethiopian troops in Somalia border raid

Reports from the border region between Ethiopia and Somalia say that an armoured column of Ethiopian soldiers has raided a Somali border town and stolen medicines and other property.

The reports, quoting local eye-witnesses, say the soldiers broke into homes and stores in the town of Balanballe on Sunday night.

One eye-witness said the soldiers told him they had crossed the border to chase members of a fundamentalist group Al-Itihad Al-Islam which has been fighting to unite Ethiopia's eastern Ogaden region with Somalia.

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