Somalia: Clan fighting in central village kills 10

Somalia

BELEDWEYNE, Somalia Dec 31, 2014 (Garowe Online)-At least 10 people have been reported killed after two militias clashed in deadly battle in Hiraan region village of Deefow of central Somalia on Wednesday morning according to medics, Garowe Online reports.

The fighting that lasted six hours broke out after armed clan militiamen attacked another militia, sources confirmed.

The wounded fighters are being treated at Beledweyne General Hospital.

In a press statement from his office, Federal Government of Somalia’s Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali urged the warring sides to exercise restraint and immediately de-escalate armed tensions.

“Central Somalia is hosting a reconciliation and state formation conventions, it is unfortunate that battles are parallel to the ongoing process,” said Sharmarke, adding that the clashes could hurt the confidence of local communities.

“I urge the two sides to come to the negotiating table and abandon fighting. The government will take every action to prevent the recurrent hostility from happening,” he noted.

On December 27, titled elders from the two clans signed a peace agreement in Hiran regional capital of Beledweyne.

The inter-clan feud in central Somalia emanates from claims over the ownership of agricultural land.

GAROWE ONLINE

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