Somalia: Somali troops clashed with Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah Sufi fighters
At least 16 people have been killed and 14 others wounded in clashes between Somali government troops and Sufi fighters, witnesses and local elders said.
The clashes on Tuesday appeared to be part of a local power struggle sparked by politicians meeting in Dhuasamareb, in the north-central Galgadud region, aimed at forging a regional government.
The confrontation between soldiers and Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah fighters, usually allied to the army, erupted in the town of Guricel, 400km north of the capital Mogadishu.
“There was heavy fighting inside the town, it started in the outskirts but later spread,” local leader and elder Abdulahi Muktar said.