Somali rivals in deadly clashes

Fighting between rival armed groups leave at least 13 people dead.

    Rival armed fighters have clashed repeatedly over control of central Somalia [Reuters] 

    Ahlu Sunna Wal-jama'ah said its fighters had captured seven al-Shabab members.

    "We lost one and four others were injured from our side," Sheikh Abdullahi Sheikh Abu Yusuf, a spokesman for the Ahlu Sunna, told the Reuters news agency.

    "We shall conclude the war in a short while," he said. "Wabho is now in our hand and we are now about to capture El Bur, their biggest base."

    There was no immediate comment from al-Shabab.

    Sharia-based law

    The two groups have clashed repeatedly over control of the region.

    Al-Shabab and allied groups control much of southern and central Somalia and want to impose their version of sharia, or Islamic law, in the country.

    Earlier this month, Somalia's cabinet voted to make Islamic law the basis for the country's legal system in an attempt to isolate more extreme armed groups by agreeing to a demand supported by much of the Somali population.

    The bill must still be approved by parliament.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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