At least 60 killed as rival groups clash

Associated Press in Mogadishu
Friday March 24, 2006
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Two days of clashes in Mogadishu between an Islamic
militia and forces that have challenged clerics'
growing power have killed at least 60 people,
according to medical workers.

At least 20 people were killed in fighting yesterday,
while the toll from Wednesday was 40. Sporadic
gunshots that began early yesterday escalated into
heavier fighting later in the day in the north-east of
the capital.

Both sides reinforced their positions overnight.

Somalia has been without an effective central
government since 1991, when warlords overthrew the
government and began fighting each other.


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