At least 13 people have been killed in factional fighting
in southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, bringing the
death toll in five days of bloodletting to about 40, local
elders said Tuesday.
between the Garre and Gido subclans in Qoryoley district raged
on Monday afternoon after a lull earlier in the day, local
elder Abdi Hassan "Oday" said when contacted by field radio.
which erupted on Thursday, was sparked by allegations that
members of the Garre subclan have been stealing cattle from
their Gido neighbours during the past two months.
for the Islamic court militia, believed to be the most heavily
armed group in the Lower Shabelle region, said it would use
its military might to quell the violence.
fighting has mostly affected civilians. It is harvest time
now, not time for war," said Oday. Civilians from all communities
had been killed, wounded or displaced, he added.
has been without a central government since 1991 and is wracked
by conflict between rival clans and warlords.