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At least 50 killed in clashes between rival Islamist groups

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Latest update : 2009-05-10

Weekend clashes between pro-government Somali Islamists and a hardline militant group have killed at least 50 people over a three-day period in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu.

REUTERS - Clashes between rival Islamist groups in Somalia have killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 150 others in three days of battles in the Horn of Africa nation, witnesses and hospital sources said on Sunday.

President Sheikh Sharif's government continues to struggle against a powerful insurgency in Somalia. Hundreds of moderate Islamists loyal to the government and opposition al Shabaab militiamen fought in northern Mogadishu over the weekend. "We killed an uncountable number of government fighters and moderate Islamists. Their dead bodies lie in the streets," Sheikh Mohamed Ibrahim Bilal, a senior al Shabaab official, told Reuters.

Residents and hospital sources said 50 people had been killed in the fighting and 181 others wounded.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991 when dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted from power.
 

Date created : 2009-05-10

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