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Somalia Militias Fight for Second Day


Fighting in southern Somalia continued for a second straight day between militias run by two lawmakers in a dispute over where to locate the country's transitional government.

Reports from Baidoa, located several nearly 300 kilometers west of Mogadishu, say fighters commanded by Mohamed Ibrahim Habsadeh took control of the city early Sunday after heavy fighting against forces aligned with Colonel Hassan Mohamed Nur Shargudud.

The French news agency, AFP, reports that at least 15 people have been killed in two days of clashes. On Saturday, witnesses said at least five people were killed.

In addition to the location of the transitional government, Mr. Habsadeh and Colonel Shargudud are engaged in a dispute over whether to allow neighboring countries to take part in a regional peacekeeping force.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.