Published On: Sat, Sep 24th, 2016

Somalia: Two dead, 3 injured in clashes in Jowhar town

At least 2 Somali soldiers have been killed and 3 other civilians were also injured after government troops exchanged deadly gunfire in Jowhar town, the capital of Middle Shabelle region, witness said.

The firefight erupted after police troops clashed with soldiers loyal to Jowhar District Commissioner over an operation that was being conducted by the police troops in Kulmis neighborhood, according to a witness.

“I was police troops arguing with armed guards and then started firing each other. At least 2 combatants dead and 3 other civilians sustained wounds”, he told Shabelle Media on phone from Jowhar town.

He stated that the all wounds were taken to hospital for medical treatments, shortly after the gunfire has subsided.

Hundreds of government troops reportedly arrived to area and then intervened to warring sides, a bid to calm the situation.

No word was available from the local authoritityies over the clashes reported in the town.

Jowhar, a town lies 90 km (50 miles) in north of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

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