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June 12,1993: UN forces strike in Somalia

A total of five people killed and more than 20 wounded in the operation

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1993 The UN forces bombed selected targets in Mogadishu to avenge the slaying of 23 Pakistani peace-keepers, destroying arms stores and a radio station belonging to warlord Mohammad Farah Aidid. UN ground troops, who killed two Somalis when they shot at stone-throwing protesters and took more than 200 suspected gunmen prisoner, encountered scattered sniper fire. Hospital sources reported a total of five people killed and more than 20 wounded in the operation, which launched a concerted UN drive to disarm clan gunmen who have held Somalia to ransom for more than two years. Crowds took to the streets to protest against the military strike, which started with a pre-dawn air raid against selected targets in the sector of the ramshackle capital held by Aidid. Witnesses said Pakistani forces opened fire with no warning on several hundred Somalis, chanting “Down with the UN” and “America, thief”, after they stoned a UN compound.

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