Dozens of people have died as a result of clashes between villagers and al Shabab fighters in central Somalia.
Local officials said that villagers were forced to take up arms to protect their livestock from armed groups.
At least 30 people have died in the clashes that broke out between the two groups.
Authorities said the dead consisted of militant groups and local residents.
About 5 hours of clashes occurred on Friday, September 4, 2020 yesterday, killing 14 villagers and 16 militants.
Not a few victims who ended up being treated in a hospital in the City of Galkayo.
A local elder, Abdi Siyaad said villagers were involved in defending themselves against ‘brutality’ and intimidation from the Al-Shabab group.
He revealed that the Al-Qaeda militant group had forced local residents living in Shabeelow in Mudug, Central Somalia to surrender weapons and livestock.
Tired of the pressure the militant group always exerted, the local people chose to take up their weapons.
For more than 10 years, al-Shabab has struggled to overthrow Somalia’s internationally recognized government.