Intense fighting erupts in Bardale district, casualties reported

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Several casualties were reported after a clash between Southwest State Darwish forces and clan militia forces erupted in the Bardale district of the Bay region today.

According to residents, the intense fighting broke out after the clan militia launched a strong attack on army positions in the district.

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The militia forces that attacked the army bases had been forcefully expelled from the district by security forces last month. This new attack follows the collapse of mediation talks between the two sides.
Earlier last month, Somali police forces in Southwest State cleared ten illegal checkpoints in the Bardale district, where militias had been extorting money from vehicles and residents.