Fighting between US and Somali forces broke out near the headquarters of warlord General Mohamed Farah Aideed in Mogadishu after a Somali worker was killed and three US servicemen were injured by a bomb. In a separate incident, a Belgian soldier serving with the UN peace-keeping forces was shot dead about 20km north of the southern port of Kismayu.
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At least five US soldiers were killed in Somalia yesterday when two American helicopters were shot down, the Pentagon said, Reuter reports from Washington.