At least seven people and 50 others were injured during fighting between elements of Somali pro-government forces in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland on Tuesday.
“At least seven people including (forces) from both sides and civilians died in the fighting,” said Mohamed Ahmed, a doctor at the main hospital in the regional capital Bosaso. Both combatants and civilians were among the injured, Ahmed said.
A Puntland forces commander who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media confirmed the deaths, saying four were from his side, two were PSF fighters and the other a civilian.
Tensions between the two have been at their height since last month, when Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni sacked PSF commander Mohamoud Osman Diyano.