A cease-fire was brokered between two rival clan militias near the central Somali city of Beledweyne, about 325 kilometers north of Mogadishu — a move intended to end several days of fighting that killed at least 25 people.
The Somali National Army and forces loyal to Ahlu-Sunna Wal Jama (AWJ),a central Somalia-based paramilitary group consisting of moderate Sufis opposed to radical Islamists, have been deployed between the warring clan militias belonging to the Habar Gidir and Hawadle of Hawiye subclans. They have been fighting over pastures and land.
“Now we have succeeded in moving the rival militias away from the front line where they have been fighting.
We sent troops to go between them, and I hope the fighting will be over,” said Mohamed Ali Adle, a senior government official involved in the peace effort.