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Somali police officer injured in Mogadishu skirmish

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A Somali police officer has left wounded on Monday when government soldiers exchanged heavy gunfire in Hiliwa district of northern capital, Mogadishu.

The fighting between police and military soldiers broke out after disagreement over land dispute ownership, triggering fierce clash, a witness said.

He says district police boss identified as Ali Ulusow was injured during the fighting.

He was taken into hospital for medical treatment, he added.

The clash subsided when other soldiers had intervened both sides.

Meanwhile, Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed to have shot and killed a renowned elder, Ahmed Bulle Ibrahim in the coastal town of Kismayo, some 500km south of Mogadishu.

The group says its assassins carried out Monday’s assassination.

But, Somalia’s southern state of Jubaland security forces started an operation to hunt down the killers.

No arrests were made so far over the incident.

The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.

The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.

The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally- backed government in Somalia.


Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline