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Armed Conflicts Erupt Between Different Clans in Somalia

Ten people were killed and 15 others were injured in an armed confrontation broke out Thursday in Galkaio, 800 kilometers north of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, according to local radio reports.

Armed conflicts between the two hostile clans of Habar Gidir and Majerten in the central town of Galkaio, derived from a fighting Wednesday afternoon when Majerten fighters sought extortion money from the animal market dominated by the other clan.

The town has fallen into the control of Majerten, led by Colonel Abdullahi Yussuf Ahmed, who was also president of the regional government of Puntland.

Local analysts said the reason Ahmed chose to take control of the town is to get more political support when his deputies, clan elders and intellectuals of the clan have gone to the Djibouti conference negotiating for the establishment of a new Somali government.

Meanwhile, another two separate armed confrontations also erupted in southern Mogadishu Thursday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 20.



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