GALKAYO (Somalilandpress) — Fresh fighting has erupted in the central Somali town of Galkayo between militias loyal to Puntland and Galmudug on Wednesday morning. The two administrations, who share the city clashed after at least one police man from Puntland was shot dead in the outskirts of the town by unknown gunmen.
Sources on the ground, told Somalilandpress that Puntland speculated that Galmudug carried out the attacks and has ordered its forces to retaliate with force. Shortly after Puntland forces attacked key positions in the south of the town controlled by Galmudug, the fighting escalated into a heavy-gun fight, spreading to number of areas.
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Meanwhile, an eye witness said Puntland has ordered more reinforcement from its capital, Garowe.
There is no official statement from either side. The number of casualties is not yet known.
This is not the first time the two traditional rival administrations had fought over the town. In October, at least twelve people were killed when the two opposing sides clashed in the city centre.
The town of Galkayo is divided between Puntland and Galmudug administrations, where each side is backed by warring clans.
The two administrations function with relative peace outside Somalia’s weak transitional government and do not claim outright independence from the rest of Somalia.