4 Police Officers Killed in Somalia Roadside Bomb

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Police in Somalia say a roadside bomb
in the capital has killed at least four police officers and several civilians.

Somali police chief Abdi Hassan Awale said it was not immediately clear how many civilians died in Monday's attack in Mogadishu.

A surge of violence in Somalia since mid-May has killed nearly 200 people. Insurgents are trying to topple the country's Western-backed government and install a strict Islamic state.

The insurgency has killed thousands of civilians and sent hundreds of thousands fleeing for their lives in recent years. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, and the U.S. worries that Somalia could be a terrorist breeding ground.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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