28 March 2016

Somalia: Tension in Beledweyne After Killing of an Elder

A growing Tense of fighting ran high at Howlwadag village, west of the central town of Beledweyne after armed clan militiamen in and outside the city poured into the area, reports said.

Speaking to Radio Shabelle, Osman Mohamud Sharawi who is an elder in the city said the development has raised fears of clan fighting in Beledweyne, the regional capital of Hiiraan region.

Mr Sharawi added that the armed clan fighters have blocked the town's major roads and closed businesses in Howlwadag area on Sunday afternoon after an elder was killed there.

The administration of Beledweyne district is reportedly trying to defuse the rising tension and send troops to intervene in the rival warring militiamen, according to the local elder.

Beledweyne, which is key town located some 350Km north of Somali capital, Mogadishu has long enjoyed diverse clans' peaceful co-existence and administrational power sharing.

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