appointed by Somalia's new Interim President Abdulkassim Salad Hassan on Saturday
began interviewing militiamen interested in serving in a new 4,000-strong police
force for the country's capital.
reported that approximately 3,000 armed men, mostly gunmen owing allegiance to
Somalia's numerous clans and militiamen loyal to Mogadishu's Islamic courts, gathered
at Herada Maslah on the southern outskirts of Mogadishu hoping to be recruited
into the police force.
1,000 posts had been reserved for those who served in a police unit established
by the UN peacekeeping force in Somalia between 1992 and 1995, the report said.