2 killed in Central Somalia after clashes

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Hiiraan Media Center
Tuesday February 6, 2018

Mogadishu (HOL) – Two people are reported killed on Tuesday after a firefight between the Somali National Army (SNA) and Al-Shabaab militants in Central Somalia.

The SNA Soldier and civilians were killed during clashes between the two parties in Jalalaksi town in Hiiraan region, officials said.

Jalalaksi District Commissioner Mohamed Abdule Fidow said fighting erupted after the Al-Shabaab militants attacked a police station.

“Terrorist militants attacked police station in the town and our forces resisted and pushed them back,” he said. “One soldier and a civilian were killed during the attack.”

“They (militants) fled with their casualties. The situation is normal now,” Fidow said.

Al-Shabaab militants are reporting that they attacked the home of the local taxman and killed his bodyguard, although this cannot be independently confirmed.

Al-Shabaab militants continue to hold large swathes of land in the south and central Somalia. They use these strategic positions to launch attacks against government and civilian installations.

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