More than 15 people killed after Somali Government troops clash In KM-50
Mogadishu (Harar24) –Reports from Marka, the capital of the Lower Shabelle region indicate that at least a minimum of 15 people have been killed and more than 25 injured as rival clans within the Somali Armed Forces clash in the outskirts of KM50 in Lower Shabelle.
Witnesses told Harar24 that at least fifteen people were killed in the KM50 area close to the airport as a result of fighting that raged between two clan militias within the Somali government troops.
People who we spoke to said they were really worried as Somali Armed Forces attacked the area with heavy machine guns killing a number of civilians and injuring more including Somali government officials based in the KM50 area.
A top Somali government official based In KM50 talked with the media and said that local clan militia within the Government troops attacked the area and killed a lot of civilians.
“Government troops led by the head of Somali military based in Lower Shabelle attacked the area and killed a lot of people including civilians “ Abdulahi Waafow said. “They attacked other government troops based in KM50 because of a clan dispute” added the official.
Until now no one has started any mediation efforts between the rival clan militias with in the armed forces who have been fighting in the region recently.
This unfortunate event comes two days after deputy military commander of the Somali forces in Lower shabelle Col. Ibraahim Gaab was killed after an IED was planted in his office.
The infighting between the armed forces is a reoccurring event which ravages people’s lives and leads to disastrous results. Somalis whom we spoke to complained of the undisciplined behavior of soldiers who participate in these fightings, labeling them as no different then “Mooryaan”, a Somali term for highway robbers and bandits.