At least one soldier was killed, and two others wounded in a heavy fighting between fighters to Ahlu Sunna militia group and the semi-autonomous Galmudug state forces in central Somalia on Thursday.
The combat flared up after armed Ahlu Sunna fighters attacked Galmudug state army base in an area located south of the central town of Abudwak in Galgadud region, according to local residents.
Local elders have intervened in the battle and began mediating the sides, to bring an end to the conflict. Many residents in the area are reportedly fled their houses due to the battle.
Abudwak has been beset by recurrent skirmish between Galmudug and Ahlu Sunna group who are in deadlock over the city’s control. Both sides have fought several times in the past in the town.
Galmudug state and Ahlu Sunna are yet to comment on the latest clashes in Abudwak district.