Six more people are dead in the third straight day of fighting in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. At least 80 people have been killed since Monday. The fighting follows an attack by al-Shabab militants on a hotel in Mogadishu yesterday which killed several Somali lawmakers and other guests.
Somalia has been in a state of perpetual turmoil since the collapse of the central government in 1991. Officials in Somalia conceded that the African Union peacekeepers were keeping the government alive.
The New York Times' East Africa bureau chief Jeffrey Gettleman, reporting from Nairobi on the violence, says, "What we're seeing is a real weakening of the government where they cannot even protect their own people, their own lawmakers in their own zone of control. This attack was probably planned to show exactly how weak this government is."