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Mogadishu - At least five people were killed and seven wounded during clashes between clan rivals in south-western Somalia's Baidoa town late on Saturday, a top militia official said.
"The fighting was between rival fighters of two commanders of the armed Rahanwein Resistance Army (RRA)," the official, who requested anonymity, said by telephone on Sunday and declined to give further details.
Baidoa residents reached by telephone confirmed the clashes, but said they were unable to give details of the casualty figures.
However, Mogadishan TV channel Hornafrik said three of those killed were militia, while the remaining two were civilians.
The cause of fighting was attributed to confusion over the sharing of money extorted by militia at a roadblock in Baidoa's main market.
The warring milita all belong to Digil-Mirifle clan, better known as the Rahanwein.
Somalia has been without a central government and ruled by armed clan warlords since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled in 1991. - Sapa-AFP