Fatalities reported as clashes erupt in central Somalia

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At least 12 people were killed on Saturday in central Somalia as pro-government forces recaptured a strategic town from Sufi militants seeking greater regional control, security officials and witnesses said. Fighters loyal to Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa (ASWJ) were driven out of Guricel by national forces and paramilitaries in Galmudug, a region that has long faced an armed struggle by the Sufi militia. “We have so far confirmed that 12 people, four of them civilians, were killed during heavy fighting in Guricel this morning,” Mohamed Bile, a military commander in Galmudug, told AFP by phone. “That t…

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