fighting broke out at Baidoa airport on Saturday, and resumed
again on Monday, humanitarian sources told IRIN.
militiamen of the governing Rahanwein Resistance Army (RRA)
opened fire on militiamen guarding a khat flight, unhappy
with their allocation of the narcotic plant.
dealer himself returned to the airport on Monday, after a
UN flight had landed, and his considerable militia force seized
the airport from the RRA, with very heavy shooting ensuing.
were forced to run for cover, and one associated UN staffer
was shot in the knee.
dealer warned that any plane attempting to land at Baidoa
would be shot down.
pointed out that his weaponry includes a 23 mm anti-aircraft
in the day however, the RRA reportedly regained control of
the airport after a UN officer made contact with their leadership
to complain about the incident.