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Fresh fighting leaves 26 dead in Somalia

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Clashes flare when fighters attacked government bases in the capital
  • It is unclear whether any militants or government forces were injured
  • Somalia has not had a stable government since 1991

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- Fresh fighting erupted between government forces and Islamist rebels in the Somali capital, leaving at least 26 people dead and dozens wounded Tuesday night, medical officials said.

About 60 more people were injured, medical officials said.

The casualties taken to local hospitals were civilians. It was unclear whether any militants or government forces were injured.

Fighters from Hezbul-Islam and Al-Shabaab attacked government bases in Hodan district, in south Mogadishu, according to medical sources.

The United States considers Al-Shabaab, which is al Qaeda's proxy in the country, a terrorist organization.

Al-Shabaab is waging a war against Somalia's government in an effort to implement a stricter form of Islamic law, or sharia.

Somalia has not had a stable government since 1991, and fighting between the rebels and government troops has escalated the humanitarian crisis in the famine-ravaged country.