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Tension runs high in Somalia as militias storm Beledweyne

Tension runs high in Somalia as militias storm Beledweyne

Tensions remain high in Beledwyene, the headquarters of the Hiiraan region in Central Somalia, following the taking over by Salvation Army.

The armed militia led by Col. Abdullahi Barre Elmi, a Somali National Army commander who was recently dismissed, took over major government institutions on Sunday night.

This came after months of a standoff between HirShabelle President Ali Gudlawe and the Hiiraan region.

In an interview with the BBC, Abdullahi Barre said they were still in control of the Beledweyn regional administration and that the situation was now stable.

He also indicated that they will not take any further action to aggravate the current situation in Beledweyne.

A delegation led by Hirshabelle leader, Ali Gudlawe is expected to arrive in Beledweyne but no official statement over the fate of the trip was by Hirshabelle state authorities.

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