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Somali security forces turn against each other, 6 killed in shootout

Somali security forces turn against each other, 6 killed in shootout

Somalia

<p>Six Somali soldiers were killed in a shootout on Wednesday between two government security agents who turned on each other near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu.</p> <p>The clashes between the military and the spy unit National Intelligence and Security Agency (<span class="caps">NISA</span>) left several others wounded.</p> <p>Among the dead was a senior <span class="caps">NISA</span> commander Isse Jijille, government sources confirm.</p> <p>“We can confirm that today’s incident caused the death of our six soldiers after government forces accidentally exchanged gunfire,” defense minister Abdirashid Abdullahi said in a joint press conference with the <span class="caps">NISA</span> chief Abdullahi Mohamed.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">NISA</span> chief said an investigation has been launched into the clashes.</p> <p>Local media report that the clash erupted after soldiers at a military checkpoint denied the convoy of senior <span class="caps">NISA</span> commander Isse Jijille access to pass.</p> <p>The decision led to a confrontation that resulted in the shootout killing Isse Jijille and some of his guards, local media Shabelle News reported.</p> <p>Somali security forces are working together to fight al-Qaeda-linked insurgent group, Al Shabaab, which seeks to topple Somalia’s government, drive out African Union peacekeeping troops and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law.</p>

We can confirm that today's incident caused the death of our six soldiers after government forces accidentally exchanged gunfire. *_Photo Credit: Shabelle News_*

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