Somalia: Heavy fighting renews in Sool amid mediations
BURTINLE, Somalia, September 29, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Fierce clashes have flared up in rural areas between Nugal and Sool regions as Puntland Vice President Abdihakin Abdullahi Haji Omar is spearheading mediation efforts, Garowe Online reports.
The fighting erupted on Tuesday morning in Qoriley and Maga’ley areas, with warring clan militias shelling positions with mortar fire.
GO was unable to reach residents for exact number of casualty figures due to poor telephone networks there.
On September 26, Puntland Member of Parliament, Saed Abdi Samatar (Sur’ad), who is accompanying Vice President Omar on his trip to Nugal region town of Burtinle, told Puntland-based independent station that warring sides expressed their readiness for the mediation.
Nevertheless, Sool clan elders have not been communicated face-to-face, hampering efforts to broker lasting peace between the two clans.
Last week, clan militias raided Qoriley, triggering gun-battle that left nearly 20 dead.
The hostility has been lingering on for ten years.