five people, three of them civilians, were killed on Saturday
after rival militiamen exchanged fire in the northern part
of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses said.
on the beachfront of north Mogadishu, pitted militiamen of
Somali warlord Musa Sudi Yalahow and those of little-known
neighbourhood warlord Abdurahaman Mohamud Jimale "Shifti",
the witnesses said.
reports said three people had died and six had been wounded,
but two of the wounded, both civilians, later died, raising
the death toll to five.
for the fighting, which has since subsided, was not immediately
clear, but sources in north Mogadishu said it was triggered
after Shifti decided to associate himself with the Somali
National Transitional Government (TNG), rejected outright
by Yalahow and other key warlords in Mogadishu.
was founded by a Somali peace conference in neighbouring Djibouti
in August last year. It has enjoyed considerable support from
the outside world, but in Somalia, it has not managed to extend
its control beyond fiefdoms in and around Mogadishu.
and Shifti both belong to the Da'ud sub-clan of larger Abgal
clan that dominates north Mogadishu and the surrounding districts.
During the fighting, Shifti fled his home, which is near the
residence of Yalahow, witnessess said.
sought shelter at Hotel Ramadan, where most of the government
ministers and parliamentarians of the TNG now live, the witnesses