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29 die in southern Somalia clashes
Sat, 19 Mar 2011 03:18:34 GMT
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Fighting between Sufi factions in southern Somalia has claimed the lives of 29 Sufis and injured 50 others in the city of Luuq in the Gedo region.

The clashes broke out on Friday morning after disputes between some Sufi commanders, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.

Nine civilians were also killed, and many others are fleeing as the two sides are exchanging fire in the district.

A Somali official told Press TV that the infighting started after a dispute over how to share the huge amount of heavy weapons dispatched for some government bases in the region.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in the fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 IDPs are sheltering in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in poor and degrading conditions on makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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