Nine Dead As Somali Security Forces Battle Each Other

Siboniso Mawandla | The Republic Mail

 A case of mistaken identity has left nine people dead following clashes between Somali military forces and police backed by intelligence forces, Reuters reported on Monday.

“It seems they mistook the Somali national army for clan militias. The death toll is nine people including a civilian,” said Major Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer.

The friendly fire clash followed the false information given to the police that armed militias were in the vicinity.

Civil war has ravaged the Horn of Africa country since 1991 after clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre before turning on each other.

Somalia’s weak, UN-backed government is waging a war against an Islamist insurgency in the form of Al Shabaab.

The weakness of the government is exacerbated by the poorly trained, and badly coordinated, security forces which are reliant to a considerable degree on the backing of AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops.

– African News Agency (ANA)