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NAIROBI, June 5 (Xinhua) --
Islamic militia, which has been fighting with an alliance of warlords since
February, claimed control of Somali capital of Mogadishu Monday, according to
reports reaching here from Mogadishu.
More than 300 were killed and 1,700 wounded in the fighting, many of
The militia declared the victory through radio
broadcast, but this has yet to be verified as a result of chaos in the city of
the Horn of Africa nation, which had been in anarchy since 1991, when warlords
overthrew the last government.
The battle between the militia and the warlord
alliance has escalated in recent months. The UN-backed interim government, which
was set up in Kenya in 2004 and now based in Baidoa, 250 kilometers from
Mogadishu, has accused Washington of funding the alliance and contributing to
The United States, which accuses the Islamists of
harboring extremists, including Al-Qaeda members, has said it were "wrongly
blamed" for the fighting but has refused to confirm or deny the allegation.