Al-Shabab & Ahlusunna clashes kill 25 in central Somalia.

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At least 25 people have been killed and many more injured following clashes between government-allied Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a militiamen and al-Shabab fighters in central Somalia.

The skirmishes broke out late Wednesday between the two sides in Mahas and Mataban districts of Hiran region, located 215 kilometers (134 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Over 45 people were also injured during Wednesday’s bloody clashes as heavy gunfire and barrages of mortar shells were exchanged.

Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, the lawless state remains one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP) in the world.

An estimated 1.4 million Somalis are displaced within the country while another 680,000 live as refugees in neighboring countries, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The UNHCR reported in April that the number of Somali refugees arriving to neighboring countries during the first quarter of 2011 has more than doubled in comparison to the same period in 2010.

 Source        PRESS TV

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