MATIBAN – At least ten people were killed and others wounded when a clan clash broke out near Matiban town in central Somalia’s Hiran region.
Tuesday’s fighting between armed militias from Habargidir and Hawadle flared up over a land dispute on ownership in the Panyaley area, about 30km from the town, elder Nour Osman said.
Osman told The Messenger Africa that at least four people had been killed and ten others wounded in the battle, adding that local elders started mediation. Another source later said the death toll had risen to ten people.
“We (local elders) started mediation talks, in a bid to stop the renewed clan fighting which left four people dead. We urged both of them to bring to an end the hostilities,” Osman said.
Freelance journalist Khaalid, who preferred not to be named in full, told The Messenger that some of the victims who were injured in the clash had been brought to the hospital in the town of Baladweyne. He says the victims included children caught crossfire during the clan skirmish.
The authorities in the town were unavailable to reach on the phone for comments on the clash which happened on Tuesday evening near the town.
Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare