Gunfire erupts in Mogadishu as Somali government forces seal off streets

By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Gunfire and rockets exploded on Friday in Mogadishu as Somali government forces clashed with opposition supporters angered by delayed elections, fighting that could split the military along clan lines and strengthen the al Qaida-linked insurgency. Video sent to Reuters from an anti-government demonstration showed civilians in facemasks – accompanied by friendly soldiers in red berets with ammunition belts wrapped around them – waving Somali flags scattering before gunfire erupted. Reuters journalists nearby could hear intermittent gunfire as well as heavier…

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