Published On: Mon, Aug 29th, 2016

Fighting in Somali town near Kenyan border kills Four

At least 4 soldiers serving under Somali National Army (SNA) have been killed, and 8 others hurt in the latest gun-battle in Beled-Hawo town of Somalia’s south-west Gedo region.

Confirming the incident, Idiris Mohamed, a local elder said the warfare broke out as troops loyal to the city’s ex-administrator clashed with Jubbaland army.

“The fight erupted when pro-government soldiers loyal to former Beled-Hawo district commissioner clashed with  Jubbaland’s security minister troops,” Mohamed said.

He said both warring sides have exchanged heavy and small weapons in the battle, and the city’s residents voiced concern over the escalating tensions.

On Sunday, at least two soldiers died in a roadside blast and gunfight in Beled-Hawo, which lies near Somali-Kenyan border, where two sides are fighting for control.

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