MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 10 (UPI) -- Almost 100 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded and displaced during fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia, as violence ended a temporary cease-fire.
Islamic militias aligned with the government fought with an alliance of warlords over the past four days, the BBC reported. Nearly 90 people were killed in March, in the worst violence in Somalia in a decade.
The warlords, organized as the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism, claim the government harbors foreign al-Qaida members. The government, which rules under Islamic law, claims the warlord alliance is a front for U.S. interests.
The United States confirmed it supports a stable government but hasn't said what role it has played. There hasn't been a stable national government in Somalia since President Siad Barre was kicked out in 1991.
A brief cease-fire was called Tuesday but was violated Wednesday. The BBC reports fighting waned as evening approached Wednesday night.
Despite calls by the United Nations and Somali tribal elders, the two sides continue to wage violence in the capital city.
Citizens are leaving in what they see as an unsafe situation.