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At least 10 dead in clashes in central Somalia

20 October 2015, 06:59

Mogadishu - At least 10 people were killed and several injured after fighting broke out between two militia groups in a town in central Somalia's Hiiraan region on Monday, police and residents said.

The fighting started after militiamen allegedly tried to take taxes from trucks belonging to businessmen from a different clan in the town of Beledwayne, businessperson Abdi Hashi told dpa by phone.

Illegal checkpoints have increased around the town recently, with militias claiming to be Somali government soldiers before taking taxes from locals, said Hashi.

Also Read: Cargo plane crash-lands near Somalia capital

A police officer from Beledwayne told dpa that those involved in the clashes are not registered Somali government soldiers.

"With the help of AU troops in the region, we are trying hard to end the renewed hostility in the region," said the officer, who asked to remained unnamed.

More than 15 people, most of them from the warring sides were wounded in these clashes according to local residents and police. 



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