At least nine people, including two prominent businessmen, were killed near Dhuusamareeb amidst clan disputes. Most recently, gunmen from the Ayr clan murdered Hassan Dirshe and Said Tahlil of the Saleebaan clan (pictured above). The motive appears to be tribal vengeance stemming from the ongoing tensions between the two clans.
Hananbore area, Galgaduud region, GalMudug, SOMALIA.
The clashes erupted on Monday in the Hananbore (Hananbuure) area, approximately 45 km from Dhuusamareeb town, between two closely related communities from the Adado (Cadaado) and Dhuusamareeb districts. The dispute revolved around conflicting claims of land ownership by the two clans. At least seven people died on Monday, with two more – the businessmen named above – on Tuesday.
Middle Shabelle clashes
The current inter-clan strife in the Galgaduud region aligns with the ongoing heavy clashes in Middle Shabelle, which resulted in the loss of at least ten lives in the past two weeks, exacerbating concerns of an all-out clan war. The most recent Middle Shabelle fighting began when militiamen from the Abdalle Arone subclan burned several wooden tents, prompting retaliation from Agoonyar Gabane, who burned homes in a remote area within the Adale district. In response, the Abdalle Arone militia attacked the Boos Hareeri village, inhabited by members of the Obakar Gabane subclan. This clash resulted in the death of at least four people while more than eight others on both sides sustained injuries.
The way forward
Traditional elders have already taken the initiative to bring about peace in the region, which has experienced a surge in violence and conflicts arising from inter-community disputes. The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), along with the Federal Member States (FMS), including GalMudug and HirShabelle, must take further action to prevent clan clashes that have claimed the lives of numerous innocent civilians and caused bloodshed between brotherly clans.
The situation highlights the urgent need for reconciliation efforts and measures to address the root causes of these conflicts. By fostering dialogue and promoting peaceful resolution mechanisms, the government and regional authorities can work towards lasting stability and prevent further loss of life.