Seven dead in Somali tribal warfare

Seven people were killed and 13 wounded when gunmen exchanged fire in the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Wednesday.

    Somalia has been riven by clan warfare for years

    Witnesses and warring factions involved said the incident occurred at the Sinai

    checkpoint which lies on the

    Green Line dividing the city.

    They said the deaths and injuries were the result of armed men opening fire on others

    travelling in a pick-up truck.

    Four of the dead were part of a group led by a tribal leader named

    Bashir Raghi, while the others were manning the checkpoint.

    All of the killed and wounded are members of the Abgal sub-clan

    of the Hawiya clan, which is dominant in the capital.

    It was not clear what sparked the confrontation.

    No functional government to speak of has existed in Somalia

    since 1991, the year president Muhammad Siad Barri fled the country

    amid escalating clan warfare that has ravaged the country

    ever since.

    Despite the formation of a new parliament outside the country,

    Somalia is still currently split into numerous

    fiefdoms governed by tribal chiefs.

    SOURCE: AFP


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