24 December 2013

Somalia: Federal Govt Mediating Between Two Warring Clan Militias in Lower Shabelle

Marka — Somalia Federal Government dispatched a ministerial delegation to Lower Shabelle region of Southern Somalia to mediate between two warring clan militias, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking on Mogadishu-based radio station, acting Defence Minister Abdihakin Haji Mohamud Fiqi Tuesday said "They initiated to relocate the warring clan militias to their original positions".

"The militias were temporarily located at different positions but they will be assigned to Somali National Army [SNA] bases in the region for military training," added Fiqi via telephone from Janale town.

He told that he is accompanied by parliamentarians, intellectuals and clan elders who have jointly brokered the first phase of the mediation process with him.

"The government is committed to holding the spoilers in iron-hand and local communities are hopeful about the future since they have been suffering from the fighting," he said.

Lower Shabelle region has been witnessing sporadic clashes between Somali Federal Government troops along clan loyalties.

The Somali Federal Government's Minister of Justice, Abdullahi Abyan Nur described Lower Shabelle tensions 'internal division' which sparked among government forces.

On July 24, Somali Government troops belonging to Biyamal and Habar Gedir clans fought each other over regional influence, leading to continuous clan fighting that left dozens dead.

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