Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Renewed Fighting in Mogadishu, At Least Seven Killed
NAIROBI, 11 JUNE (IRIN)--Fighting broke out again on Tuesday in the Medina district of Mogadishu, according to local sources in the Somali capital.

The fighting was between militias loyal to faction leader Muse Sudi Yalahow, and those led by his former right-hand man, Umar Mahmud Muhammad Finish. At least seven people were killed and scores wounded in the latest violation of an October 2002 ceasefire agreement, Muhammad Yusuf, a reporter with Shabelle Radio, told IRIN from Mogadishu. Among those killed was Muhammad Sudi Yalahow, Muse Sudi's younger brother, he said.

The journalist said the latest round of fighting was a continuation of battles which erupted in late February and continued into March. "The two sides have been confronting each other for the last three to four months, and it was no surprise that they started again." MORE

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