At least 35 killed as result of infighting between governmental troops
Mogadishu (Harar24)— At least 35 people have reportedly been killed and more than 50 others injured in heavy clashes between between two clan based militias within the Somali Armed Forces near the city of Janale in the Lower Shabelle region.
The fighting which has raging between two clan based militia within the Somali military has entered its fifth day. Witnesses reported that armed militias from the opposing sides are getting assistance from different government commanders from their respective clans.
The clashes which have so far left more than 35 people dead were caused by two local clan militias who have been fighting each other for more than 2 months now with no end in sight.
Residents in Marka are reporting that more than 20 dead and injured governmental troops have been brought to Marka’s main hospital in the last 2 days.
“We have seen so far at least 20 soldiers who were brought to the hospital some are seriously injured and others have sustained injuries to their necks, hands and legs,” said one local resident near the hospital.
Residents in the area have told Harar24’s correspondent in the area that heavy clashes have started again this morning near the “KM50” area after government troops loyal to one of the clans attacked the area.
“We can hear the fighting now and we are getting ready to close our shops and flee the area” a local businessman told Harar24 over the phone this morning.
The governor in Lower Shabelle Abdulkadir Siidi who spoke with local media outlets said so far these clashes have been occurred over 11 times this year alone and continue reoccur.
Reports coming from Janale are indicating that hundreds of families are fleeing the city and surrounding villages, to save their lives and properties from the the increasing violence in the area .
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.