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Somali fighting kills 33, residents say

Thirty-three people were killed in clashes between armed gangs in Somalia, residents said on Monday, underlining the scale of the task facing a new Somali government due to return home soon from neighbouring Kenya. The government, created at peace talks across the border in Kenya because of security problems back home, aims to end factional fighting between militias who have ruled Somalia since warlords ousted military ruler Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991. Residents said fighting was triggered on Sunday by the assassination in northern Erigabo town of a businessman who sells qat, a stimulant leaf chewed by Somali men. Full Story

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