July 23, 2005

Clashes between rival Somali clans kill 20

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Renewed clashes between rival clans
fighting for control of a trading town in southern Somalia have
killed 20 people and injured at least 30, residents said on
Clashes between the Garre and Merrehan clans erupted late on
Friday, centering on Ceel Waaq town in Gedo region, close to
the border with Kenya.

Clan elders reached by telephone from the capital Mogadishu
said they had failed to settle the dispute over the town which
serves as a hub for trade and commerce between Somali and
Kenyan businesses.

Among the dead were militiamen whose battlewagon -- a truck
mounted with heavy machinery -- hit a land mine, residents

Insecurity has been synonymous with Somalia since warlords
overran the country in 1991, carving it into fiefdoms after
ousting dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.