fighting has broken out in the Somali capital, Mogadishu,
between forces of the transitional government and fighters
loyal to a warlord. A BBC correspondent in Mogadishu said
at least nine people have been killed and 30 others injured.
are the first major confrontation between the militia factions
which control much of the capital and the transitional government
set up by a number of Somali groups last year in an attempt
to reunify the country.
sides were using machine guns and mortars in the Mogadishu
port area. It is not known what sparked the fighting.
Mohamed Aidid, whose gunmen were involved in the fighting,
is a key member of a council, set up by several powerful warlords
that, backed by Ethiopia are seeking to replace the government.
say they will form their own government within six months,
to rival the country's transitional administration.
comes on the same day that another warlord in Mogadishu received
a convoy of heavy-duty lorries transporting weapons and ammunition.
consisting of 12 big trucks, was escorted by about 10 battle
wagons and more than 100 heavily-armed militiamen.
at the headquarters of warlord Muse Sudi Yalahow who also
strongly opposes the new transitional government.
accuses Ethiopia of supplying the weapons in an attempt to
destabilise Somalia and has called on the international community
to condemn Addis Ababa.