Saturday, July 22, 2006

Ethiopian denies it has troops in Somalia

Ethiopia Saturday denied having placed any troops in war-torn Somalia despite eywitness accounts from residents and United Nations staff.

The Sharia courts that run the Islamist militias controlling most of the country walked out of peace negotiations after reports Ethiopian troops had occupied a second town.

Islamic Sharia Courts Militia patrol a street of Mogadishu, Saturday, July 22, 2006. AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor
Islamic Sharia Courts Militia patrol a street of Mogadishu, Saturday, July 22, 2006. AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor via Yahoo News.

After reportedly moving into the interim capital of Baidoa, about 200 Ethiopian troops in "technicals" or weapons-mounted pickup trucks moved into Wajid and took control of the airport there.

Two armed helicopters were reported at the airport later on Saturday and are believed to be Ethiopian as no Somalia group owns a helicopter.


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