Somali clan warfare leaves 34 dead

Thirty-four people have been killed and 80 wounded in two days of clashes between rival clans in central Somalia.

    State has been split and riven by factional violence since 1991

    Elders from the region said the clashes took place

    on Monday and Tuesday in the central Somali town

    of Herale.

    "The fighting erupted on Monday afternoon and continued until

    Tuesday between Dir and Marehan clans," said one elder, who asked

    not to be named for security reasons.

    The violence had died down by noon on Tuesday, even though no

    official ceasefire had been agreed, the elder added.

    Feud

    The clashes were the latest in a series of tit-for-tat

    confrontations rooted in the April murder of a Marehan elder,

    allegedly by Dir clansmen.

    In November, at least 12 people were killed when the same clans

    clashed.

    Somalia has been without a nationally recognised government and

    torn apart by factional warfare since the collapse of President

    Muhammad Siad Barri's regime in 1991. The northern, formerly British-ruled part of the country broke away as Somaliland soon afterwards.

    A reconciliation conference aimed at restoring a

    national administration in the country has been going

    on in neighbouring Kenya since October last year.

    SOURCE: AFP


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