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UN: Somalia Vows to Release Child Soldiers in Army

NAIROBI, Kenya -- A U.N. envoy says Somalia's government will work with the global body to release and rehabilitate the child soldiers in its army.

Radhika Coomaraswamy says the number of children in the Somali army is unclear. But she welcomed the commitment of Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to develop a plan to address the problem of child soldiers in the Somali army.

Human rights groups and media have been reporting about the existence of child soldiers in Somalia for years.

In June, President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed ordered an investigation into the reports.