Clan fighters loyal to the former defense minister Barre Hiiraale clashed with Al-Shabaab militants; six fighters were killed and six AK 47 rifles recovered.
The clash happened at El Wak town. El Wak is a divided city on the Somalia-Kenya border. The Somalian portion is located in the southwestern Gedo region.
The clash happened on Tuesday night after Al-Shabaab fighters allegedly mounted ambush to the base of the fighters prompting hours of fighting.
Contradicting OSINT reports say that the Al-Shabaab militants had mounted attack on an SNA military base in El Wak.
Bare Hiraale had a military base in El Wak town. One of the commanders’ in charge of the fighters also sustained gun injuries as the rest of the Al-Shabaab militants reportedly fled.
The clan fighters/guards are helping SNA in Al-Shabaab cleanup operations especially in the militant-held Gedo region.