Somalia clan clash kills 25, injures 18

 

Mogadishu - At least 25 people were killed and 18 wounded in a clash between heavily armed rival militias in Somalia, witnesses said yesterday.

The confrontation was the latest in a long-running feud between the Hawadleh and Galje'el clans in Da'if village, near the town of Jowhar about 90 km north of the capital Mogadishu.

Witnesses said the Galje'el clan militia, apparently retaliating for an earlier attack, ambushed Hawadleh positions in the village on Monday, destroying most of the poorly built houses.

The fighting then spread to a nearby village. No fighting was reported yesterday but tension remained high.