May 31, 2006

At least 6 die in new outbreak of Somalia fighting

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A new outbreak of fighting between
rival militias in the Somali capital Mogadishu killed at least
six people including two civilians early on Wednesday,
residents said.

"We woke up to the noises of the mortars and other guns
used by both sides," resident Ahmed Dige told Reuters.

Islamist militiamen attacked early in the morning in
northeastern Mogadishu, and seized several positions previously
held by fighters loyal to an alliance of warlords who say they
have banded together to fight terrorism, residents said.

The fighting broke three days of relative peace in the
city, as the militias re-armed and gird for new turf wars.

The two sides have been battling for control of Mogadishu
in fighting that has killed at least 326 people since February,
among the worst ever seen in Somalia.