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Friday, 12 October, 2001, 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Somali clash kills five

Rival militia groups have clashed at a military base on the outskirts of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Reports say five people were killed and a number injured during the fighting at the Maslah military camp.

Witnesses say the clash was between forces of the transitional government which is attempting to reunite Somalia and fighters loyal to the warlord, Musa Sudi Yalahow.

Mr Yalahow told the French AFP news agency that the fighting started when his men were attacked by militiamen claiming to be soldiers of the new national army.

Mr Yalahow said his own men overran the Maslah camp, but there's been no independent confirmation of this.

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