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Thursday, May 25, 2006

FIghting continues in Mogadishu



Pro Islamic Court forces battle secular warlords, reported here:
Heavy fighting is intensifying in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, with at least 30 people killed and many others wounded in a gun battle.
The fighting is between militia loyal to the Islamic Courts and the Anti-Terrorism Alliance, a secular grouping of warlords.

The latest upsurge in violence comes despite a truce being agreed between the two groups 10 days ago.

More than 140 people died in eight days of fighting earlier this month.

Most of the recent fighting has been in northern Mogadishu but heavy fighting has now spread to southern districts.

Witnesses say Islamic militiamen had taken over a key hotel, the Sahafi Hotel, just south of the K4 area in the south of the capital.

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