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Big attack on Mogadishu Islamists

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UN-backed government forces have launched a major attack against Islamist militants in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu.

A local independent radio station has reported that at least seven people have been killed.

A BBC reporter and local residents have reported that they could hear heavy shelling in the city.

Reports say that the Islamists are making a renewed attempt to capture the capital.

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