Each side have claimed victory however folks within the city mentioned combating continued and a few folks had begun to flee. The data ministry asserted that Somali forces had been in charge of the city. There have been no quick particulars on casualties.
Somalia’s accusation of Kenyan assist to the Jubbaland chief comes after Somalia minimize diplomatic ties with Kenya in December “to safeguard the unity, sovereignty, stability of the nation.” Somalia’s president has been accused by critics of stirring up such points to attract assist as he seeks a second time period.
Somalia faces a troubled nationwide election within the coming weeks. Jubbaland is one in all two states, together with Puntland within the north, which have refused to participate.
In September, President Abdullahi Mohamed Abdullahi in talks between states and the federal authorities agreed to withdraw Somali forces from the Gedo area of Jubbaland, the place Bulo Hawo is situated. However that hasn’t occurred, and the Somali forces stay after taking on the city mid-last 12 months.
The president additionally has changed district commissioners in Gedo who had been appointed by Jubbaland chief Ahmed Madobe, who’s seen to have Kenyan assist.
Jubbaland additionally comprises the profitable port metropolis of Kismayo, the place Kenyan forces are deployed as a part of a multinational African Union power, and the Center Jubba area that is still beneath management of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group.
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