Missile 'kills seven Somalis'

Mogadishu (AFP) - A missile from a US Quick Reaction Force helicopter misfired and hit a civilian district, killing at least seven people, Somali witnesses said. They named some of them, but independent confirmation was not immediately available.

US military spokesmen said two missiles were fired on Friday at a cigarette factory not far from where seven Nigerian soldiers were killed. They acknowledged that one had misfired, but said they did not know where it had landed.

More than 650 UN troops carried out a sweep through southern Mogadishu early yesterday in a hunt for weapons.

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