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Monday, February 05, 2007

Rockets fired at Mogadishu port, land in sea

MOGADISHU, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Assailants fired four rockets at Mogadishu port on Monday in the latest guerrilla-style attack in post-war Somalia, authorities said.

"Fortunately, the rockets plunged into the sea. No one was hurt and port operations are going on," Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame, in charge of security at the port, told Reuters.

The pre-dawn rocket attack, which came from a residential area of the coastal city, was the latest in a series of almost daily strikes targeting Somali government installations and the administration's Ethiopian allies.

Officials blame remnants of a defeated Islamist movement, which ran most of south Somalia for six months until it was ousted by a government-Ethiopian offensive over the New Year.

Some Islamist fighters have vowed a holy war.

But instability in Mogadishu could also be due to tensions between warlords and clans in a city which has been a byword for anarchy and violence since the 1991 ouster of a dictator.

Monday's attack came after a weekend visit by an African Union (AU) team assessing security prior to a planned deployment of peacekeepers in the Horn of Africa nation.

The AU team was at the port on Sunday.
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