More than 11 people were killed in clashes between rival pro-government clan-based militias in the southern Somalia port of Kismayo on Saturday, witnesses said.
Report indicate that a fierce Firefight broke took place in the center of Kismayo between two rival pro government militia with the heaviest fighting taking place in the suburbs of Calanleey, Farjano and Fanoole ,although it is hard to verify the scope of the damage ,unconfirmed sources say both sides have incurred heavy losses .
The rival sides exchanged fire heavy arms including mortars and artillery last several hours today,said witnesses .
“We saw at least 11 people, among them two senior KMG officers but most were rival fighters, killed in these battles, “unnamed Kismayo residents.
Kenyan army assisted by AMISOM later intervened by persuading both sides to cease fire and lay down their firearms.
The fighting in Kismayo comes as talks to form a regional administration in Jubbaland were about to begin today.
Somali Prime Minister Abdi Said Shirdon called on the two clans to lay down their armsand sovle their differences in a civilized manner.
Goth M Goth