Somalia: Somali military exchange gunfire in Mogadishu; 1 killed
MOGADISHU (KON) — Somali government troops have exchanged gunfire in Mogadishu's northern volatile district on Wednesday, killing one soldier, Keydmedia Online reports.
The confrontation broke out after the military forces in Somali government disagreed over illegal money collected from the local vehicles at a checkpoint in Odweyne area in Daynile district, according to eyewitness account.
At least one soldier was reportedly killed in the battle while unspecified numbers were injured.
During the clash, the movement of the traffic and business in the area came to standby until more government troops had interfered to the warring sides.
It is not the first time that government soldiers disagreed and exchange gunfire in Mogadishu since Somali president issued an order to remove all illegal roadblocks in the country last year in response to increasing complaints from residents.
The roadblocks interrupted people's daily lives because the armed groups imposed huge levies on public service vehicles and would harass passengers if drivers did not pay the money quickly.
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