3 civilians have been killed in a renewed outbreak of clan-based violence between Labagaras and El Muluq (Ceel-Muluq) settlements, which fall under the Adale district in the Middle Shabelle region. Armed militiamen from the Abdalle Arone subclan, acting due to alleged clan grievances, attacked the victims and fled.
Adale (Cadale), Middle Shabelle region, HirShabelle, SOMALIA.
The attack claimed the lives of Ahmed Abukar Aw-Omar, Ali Muhyiddin Ali, and Mohamed Ali Mohamud. They belonged to Obakar Gabane and Agoonyar Gabane subclans. The Somali Digest contacted a relative of the victims, who told us they were all well-known businessmen in the area.
Security forces swiftly arrived at the crime scene and initiated investigations into the killings. Officials have called upon residents to remain calm and assured that the criminals will face justice.
Tragically, the Adale area in Middle Shabelle has repeatedly witnessed killings along the clan affiliations. The local administration has not yet found a lasting solution to stop the ongoing violence.
In mid-July, a violent conflict erupted in the same region between two Abgal sub-clans, Abdalle Arone and Mohamed Muse. The clashes, allegedly caused by land disputes, resulted in significant casualties on both sides, with at least 12 people killed and 23 others injured. Additionally, the clan militias set ablaze two villages belonging to Mohamed Muse.
Reports indicate that Adale and Rage Elle officials were involved in the conflict, supporting their respective subclans.
In response to the escalating violence, prominent figures, including the former President of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, members of the HirShabelle Council of Ministers, and the Middle Shabelle Governor, convened in Haji Ali village to help mediate peace between the two sides. Elders from one of the belligerent subclans were also present. Subsequent negotiations with the second subclan took place in Rage Elle, successfully leading to a ceasefire. Official talks between the subclans commenced soon after.