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19 killed in fighting in Somalia's capital city

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - An emergency official in Somalia says 19 people have been killed and 68 injured in fighting in Mogadishu.

Ambulance service director Ali Muse said Thursday that shelling between militants and pro-government troops was hitting the city hard and that the numbers could rise further.

The fighting began when militants attacked neighborhoods in northern Mogadishu with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.

Government soldiers and AU peacekeepers, meanwhile, were trying to push back insurgents from a strategic road often used by government officials.

Somalia hasn't had a functioning government in almost two decades. Islamist insurgents are trying to overthrow the weak, U.N.-backed government in Mogadishu.

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