African Union troops clash with police in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Djiboutian troops with African Union peacekeeping force have clashed with police soldiers in Jalalaqsi town of Hiran region, some 200km north of Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The clash flared up on Sunday when police refused to shut down telecommunication lines in order to be carried out a landmine clearance operation by the Djiboutian troops, a witness said.
He says the peacekeeping troops took control of the police station, forcing the soldiers to flee after the fighting.
It is unclear how many were killed or injured during Sunday’s skirmish.
He added the fighting subsided, but tension has been mounting high in the town as the police soldiers are regrouping.
Neither the African Union nor the police commented on the fighting.
Somalia has had no effective government since a coup removed Siad Barre from power in 1991, leading to an almost total breakdown in law and order.