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  • Title: [SW News](AP) Heavy Fighting Reported in Qoryooley , Southern  Somalia
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  • Date :[Sunday, March 05, 2000 2:58 PM EST ]

Heavy Fighting Reported in Somalia

Story Filed: Sunday, March 05, 2000 2:58 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Fighting between rival militias in a town south of Mogadishu left several people dead and others wounded, witnesses said over a high-frequency radio channel Sunday.

The fighting Saturday took place in Coriolei, about 50 miles south of the Somali capital. Militiamen of the Islamic court battled the Digil Salvation Army and the Rahanwein Resistance Army, the witnesses said.

Fighting had subsided by nightfall, but the town remained tense Sunday because another attack was expected from the DSA and RRA, a witness said on condition of anonymity.

There were conflicting figures about casualties. One witnesses said he saw at least five dead bodies and a dozen wounded. DSA spokesman Asad Mohamed Abdi said by radio that his militia coalition had killed 13 and wounded 19 fighters of the Islamic court's Al-Itifad Al-Islam militia.

Somalia has had no functioning central government since the 1991 ouster of late dictator Mohammed Siad Barre by a coalition of rebels.

After ousting Siad Barre, the rebels turned against each other, and the country split into fiefs protected by clan militias. To curb lawlessness, Muslim leaders have set up courts in the predominantly Muslim country and hired their own militias to enforce order in some parts. 

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