Somalia: Intense clan clashes in Sanaag region kill 17 people

At least 17 people have been killed in inter-clan clashes at Dararweyne village in El-Afweyne district of Sanaag region.

The fighting which is the latest in a series of backlashes between rival clans, which began on Sunday morning reportedly lulled in the evening.

Abdullahi Hussein Darwish, a local journalist in Airigavo town said about 17 people from both sides was killed after rival clan militias engaged in deadly gun battle.

He also pointed that fighting had displaced many people from their homes.

“Fierce fighting erupted between neighboring clans. Though there is no confirmed number of deaths from both sides but early reports put the death toll between sixteen and seventeen,” Darwish told Hiiraan Online.

According to the journalist, forces including police and military had been deployed to area to intervene the fighting sides.

There is no comment yet from the local authorities and elders in the region.

The region has experienced perennial clan clashes that claimed many lives.

Arguments over land use, borehole and pasture have perennially contributed to fighting among Somali community who are largely pastoralists.