Soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) patrol outside a Mosque during Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan at a Mosque in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, July 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta
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African Union troops in Somalia have dismissed reports they killed several civilians during fighting, saying those shot were all Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabab insurgents.Witnesses in the southern port town of Merka said troops from the 22,000-strong AMISOM force killed at least eight civilians on Tuesday, opening fire after insurgents hurled a grenade at a passing convoy.The AU force said the only people killed were Shabab fighters.In September 2013 four Shabab gunmen killed at least 67 people in an assault on the Westgate shopping mall in the capital Nairobi.
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