Mogadishu — The Somali Federal Government troops have clashed in deadly battle at a checkpoint in Afgoye town of southern Somalia on Sunday as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud re-launched Somalia's biometric Passport in Mogadishu , Garowe Online reports.
Local reports say that an argument over the roadblock control degenerated into heavy fighting that lasted for hours, killing 8 people and wounding 10 others.
"The armed confrontation lasted for hours and it left 8 people including three female civilians dead," said Afgoye resident.
Somali Government forces were manning the checkpoint which links the market town of Afgoye to Bay regional capital of Baidoa.
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces are said to have arranged ceasefire between the opposing sides who had since been vying for the generation of tax from the vehicles travelling on the main highway.
Meanwhile in Mogadishu, President Mohamud attended a ceremony held for the country's E-passport application with the head of immigration and nationality department Abdullahi Gaafow Mohamud present.
"While we know that earlier passports were forged and in some cases wrongly issued when there were inadequate systems in place, the new passports are much more secure and will provide an additional defence against terrorists and other criminals," Mohamud said in statement from his office.
He told that Somalia Federal Government will ensure the integrity of the border for security reasons since terrorism and many other illegal activities still remain active in the country.
E-Passport was issued under the incumbency of former Transitional Federal Government President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed in 2007, but some citizens use the non-biometric Green Passport.