Civilians killed as result of clashes between infighting in Somali forces
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Two rival clans within the Somali Armed Forces clash yet again, this time on the outskirts of Afgoye in the Lower Shabelle region. Reports from Afgoye, indicate that at least 11 people have been killed including 5 civilians with more than 15 injured, most of the casualties being soldiers.
Witnesses told Harar24 that the fighting began yesterday after government troops coming from Mogadishu attacked a check point belonging to other government troops in the area between Wanlayn and Afgoye initiating a skirmish which then turned to full blown clan fight.
Witnesses furthermore attested that atleast 5 civilians were killed in today’s clashes, including 3 woman who were selling tea.
People whom our correspondent spoke to said they were really worried as each side was getting help from government forces who belong to their respective clans.
“As we were sitting in our shops we started to hear bouts of gunfire which then increased in to fully automatic fire” one shopkeeper in Afgoye our correspondent. “Three woman who used to sell tea near my shop is were hit by stray bullets, they died on the spot” added the shopkeeper
The infighting between the militias within the armed forces has been a reoccurring event in the past few months claiming the lives of many of civilian lives.
In the previous week clashes between two other clan based militas within the Somali troops cost the lives of at least 50 people including 15 civilians in this same region.