In this photo taken Sunday, July 27, 2014, African Union (AU) peacekeepers stand near a cache of weapons recovered from a garage in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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Heavy fighting broke out in Mogadishu Friday as Somali government and African Union troops battled a powerful militia warlord in a bid to disarm him, security officials said, reporting a number of casualties.Somalia's government launched a disarmament campaign earlier this month, with troops backed by the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Friday fighting to seize weapons from militia leader Ahmed Dai.Government troops said they had taken control after several hours of fierce battle. War-torn Somalia is awash with guns after more than two decades of conflict, with several politicians and local leaders commanding what are effectively private armies.
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