Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Nine killed in fighting between different branches of Somali government forces: police

Fighting between the military and police backed by intelligence forces killed nine people in the Somali capital on Saturday, police said.

“It seems they mistook the Somali national army for (clan) militias. The death toll is nine people including a civilian,” Major Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters.

He said the fighting occurred because police were wrongly informed that there were armed militias in the area.

“Accidents happen,” he said.

Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew a dictator then turned against each other.

The weak U.N.-backed government is now battling an Islamist insurgency, but many members of its security forces are badly trained and coordination is poor.

Nagala Soo Xiriir

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