8 May 2009

Somalia: Calm Returns to Mogadishu

Somalia — Calm has returned to Mogadishu on Friday after one day of violence and fighting that killed more civilians in the capital.

Al-Shabab and pro government Islamists fought in Mogadishu on Thursday after al-Shabab officer was attacked in Mogadishu and two of his security guards were killed in an attack.

The two sides are amassing troops and there is fear that fighting could erupt at any time in Mogadishu.

The circulation of people and traffic restarted again but the situation is still tense.

Hawiye clan elders have called the different sides of the society to mediate the warring sides.

The spokesman of Hawiye clan elders Ahmed Derie Ali called for the two sides to stop the fighting and solve their differences through negotiation.

It is unclear how the warring sides would listen to the calls from the elders and the intellectuals since the Islamists are struggling for power.

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