MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least three people were killed last night in a 4-hours-long gun battle broke out between government soldiers and Ahlu Sunna militias in Dhusamareb town of central Somalia.
The clash flared up shortly after the government soldiers attempted to stop a vehicle leaving from Ahlu Sunna group’s main camp and then heavy bursts of gun shots started.
He says both sides had regrouped and have been fighting for 4 hours in the town, leaving three people dead.
Two other civilians were also wounded in the battle.
Earlier on Friday, the battle restarted while both sides were reportedly using heavy weaponries.
In a phone interview, a local resident says mortar rounds hit residential areas in the town, causing untold civilian casualties.
He added some residents also fled the town due to the ongoing skirmish.
In a statement, the newly elected president of Galmudug Ahmed Abdi Karie has accused Ahlu Sunna group of starting the violence.
He also called on both warring sides to stop fighting.
Tension has escalated through the town following recent fallout over the Galmudug regional election process.