Beledweyne Police commissioner killed in infighting in between Haramacad and Beledweyne police
An infighting pitting between Turkish trained Haramacad Paramilitary unit and Beledweyne police over a dispute of people who have been detained in the police station has claimed the life of Beledweyne police commissioner Mohamed Hussein Durdage.
Conflicting reports have emerged over the circumstances that led to the infighting between the two units with some reports saying the dispute is based on people who have rounded up overnight by regional police in Beledweyne town.
Durdage was killed after he was caught in the gunfire when he tried to separate the two warring police factions who disputed over the people who have been detained at the police station as tension still remains high in the town.
Somalia Federal government had on last month deployed special commandos of Haramacad police and Gorgor military forces to quell the tension in the town over the arrival of HirShabelle State President Ali Abdullahi Gudlawe.
The deployment however sparked criticism from local leaders and Somali Cabinet who called for their immediate withdrawal from the town alleging they were being used to meddle and interfere with the elections of the 25 Parliamentary seats that are in the town.
The happening comes at a time when the HirShabelle State President Ali Gudlawe Hussein is in the town to oversee
Parliamentary elections and has been holding reconciliatory meetings with the people and rebel leaders who have been opposed to his leadership since his election in 2020.