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Violent child deaths rising in Somalia

16 November 2011, 08:44

 Nairobi - The UN's children agency says an increasing number of children and civilians are being caught in attacks and crossfire across south and central Somalia.

Unicef said on Tuesday that 24 children were killed in conflict in Somalia in October, nearly double the confirmed child killings in every other month of 2011. Unicef said 58 children were also confirmed to have sustained serious injuries in October, the highest number this year.

Unicef's representative to Somalia, Sikander Khan, said the true numbers are likely to be even higher.

Kenyan troops moved into Somalia to fight al-Shabaab militants in mid-October, but Unicef did not specify which violence the children were killed and wounded in.

- AP

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