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Fighting breaks out in Kisamayo

Clashes broke out on Friday in the port city of Kisamayo after a brief calm. Fighting has followed the contested appointment of Ahmed Madobe, leader of the Ras Kamboni militia. He was chosen by a regional assembly in May to lead Jubaland and its port.

Rival clans and supporters of Madobe have been fighting for control over the key port city. Reuters Abdi Sheikh reports:

At least five people have been killed in two days of fighting in a strategic Somali port city, a militia commander said on Saturday, despite talks to end a leadership row aimed at stopping a slide back into broader clan warfare.

*Curated by Mebrat Tekle



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Mohammed A

Mohammed Ademo is a freelance journalist based in Washington, DC. He's the founder and editor of, an independent news website about Ethiopia.

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