Somalia

Five killed in Somali clan fight

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Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Clan fighting Friday left at least five people dead and nine others injured in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, according to witnesses.
They said the fight in the Waberi village involving members of the Abgal clan, followed a minor dispute between two boys during a football match.

Armed with machine guns and other weapons, the rival groups clashed, forcing hundreds of residents to flee to other parts of Mogadishu, while shops and other business premises were hurriedly closed.

Transporters also withdrew their vehicles from the roads.

Mogadishu Regional Police Commander, Colonel Hassan Awale, condemned the violence and assured that police would help to return peace to the area.

Kidnappings and clan fights involving warlords have become common occurrences in Somalia since the overthrow in 1991 of its former leader Siad Barre, who died 1995 in exile in Nigeria.

The country has been without a central government for more than 10 years and efforts by the international community to restore peace have failed, with thousands of Somalis now living as refugees outside their country.

Pan African News Agency
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