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Somalia demise toll in preventing between military and former allied group rises to 120

MOGADISHU, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Fighting in Somalia’s Galmudug state between the Somali military and its former ally, the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a militia, has killed 120 individuals over the previous three days, a senior ASWJ official stated on Monday.

Analysts and residents have expressed fears that the preventing is derailing the previous allies from their widespread effort to defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency.

“At least 120 people died and 600 were injured from both sides,” Hassan Yare from ASWJ instructed Reuters on Monday, including his group meant to combat till their “last man died.”

Ahmed Shire Falagle, Galmudug state’s info minister stated 16 authorities troopers had been killed and 45 injured throughout the three days of preventing. He didn’t know what number of casualties the opposite aspect had suffered, however stated the armed group had been cornered and authorities forces hoped to “finish them in the coming hours.”

The clashes erupted on Saturday and continued till Monday within the central state’s second-largest district of Guriceel. The United Nations stated in a press release the preventing has displaced at the least 100,000 individuals.

ASWJ, a bunch of average Sufi Muslims, has been on the forefront within the combat towards Al Shabaab.

ASWJ says the federal authorities has failed to finish al Shabaab insurgency and that safety is worsening in Galmudug state. The authorities accuses ASWJ of working with out its consent, a declare the armed group has not denied.

Fighting between the 2 teams broke out in February 2020, when a number of individuals had been killed after troopers attacked a home the place ASWJ leaders had gathered.

Earlier this month, federal forces made what they known as a preemptive assault on ASWJ. ASWJ fought again capturing Guriceel, the place they had been welcomed by residents.

Galmudug state safety minister Ahmed Moalim Fiqi resigned earlier this month, accusing federal officers of refusing his calls to not assault ASWJ.

Writing by Giulia Paravicini; modifying by Katharine Houreld, Angus MacSwan and Richard Chang