16 killed in fierce battles

MOGADISHU - At least 16 people were killed and 20 more wounded in yesterday's clashes between rival clans in central Somalia, residents said.

MOGADISHU - At least 16 people were killed and 20 more wounded in yesterday's clashes between rival clans in central Somalia, residents said.

The two clans have been fighting over land and water in Mudug region in the past few weeks. The latest clash happened in Barag village, 80km north of Haradheere town.

"It's awful fighting and tension is still high," said Ibrahim Osman, an elder in the village.

Hundreds of residents fled the village as their herds scattered because of the loud explosions.

The chaos onshore has allowed pirate gangs to flourish and make millions from hijacking ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. - Reuters

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