Somalia: Two dead as tribal clash erupts near Baladweyne

BALADWEYNE — At least two people have been killed and several others wounded in deadly fighting between the Jajeelle and Galja’el tribes near Baladweyne town in central Somalia’s Hiran region.

The clash flared up when armed militias allegedly killed four people — two children and two women — in Baar area, which lies about 30 km from the town, an elder, Hussein Jim’alle told The Messenger Africa.

Jim’alle said that at least two people had been killed and several others also wounded in the fighting, adding that the death toll could likely rise as tension mounted high.

“The clash started earlier this morning in Baar village, and is still continuing. The militias are using AK-47s but we expressed concern of the renewed fighting,” Jim’alle said.

He says dozens of people started leaving from their village into another area, in fear for their lives and properties from the renewed clash.

The local authorities were unavailable to reach on the phone for comments on the fighting near Baladweyne town.