Nine die dur­ing fight­ing blamed on po­lice mis­take

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

Fight­ing be­tween the mil­i­tary and po­lice backed by in­tel­li­gence forces killed nine peo­ple in the So­mali cap­i­tal on Satur­day, po­lice said.

“It seems they mis­took the So­mali na­tional army for (clan) mili­tias. The death toll is nine peo­ple in­clud­ing a civil­ian,” Ma­jor Ab­dul­lahi Hus­sein, a po­lice of­fi­cer, told Reuters.

He said the fight­ing oc­curred be­cause po­lice were wrongly in­formed that there were armed mili­tias in the area. “Ac­ci­dents hap­pen,” he said. So­ma­lia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan-based war­lords over­threw a dic­ta­tor then turned against each other.

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