NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Two soldiers died and five others were injured in
a clash between troops trained by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
and the Somali National Army (SNA) at a military base in
Mogadishu on Monday.
The two died in a
fierce gunfight that broke out when a group of UAE-trained
soldiers tried to take some military hardware from a former UAE-run
training base, barely a week after the Gulf nation’s trainers
“Two soldiers died
in the gunfight while five others who sustained injuries have
been rushed to hospital,” a military commander who did not want
to be named told Xinhua.
Chief of the Somali
army Abdiwali Jama Gorod, who also confirmed the incident, said
those behind the fight have been arrested.
“We have arrested
the soldiers and the officers who were behind the incident and
(they) will be brought to law,” said Gorod.
Residents said the
fight caused scare in the area.
“We felt panic when
the army fought but they have now stopped, “ an eyewitness, Ali
Sabriye, told Xinhua.
The Somali army took
over the camp on Saturday following the exit of UAE trainers
amid a diplomatic spat between the two countries.
The UAE has been
training Somali soldiers as part of stabilization efforts in the
Horn of Africa nation that is facing almost daily attacks from
Also on Monday,
security forces repulsed an al-Shabab attack in southern
A military commander
in the coastal city of Kismayo told Xinhua that the militants
attacked a checkpoint but were pushed back.
a checkpoint where our forces were stationed but the forces
fought back and inflicted casualties on them,” Ibrahim Farah
official did not say if the security forces suffered any
Xinhua that the attack lasted close to an hour.
“The situation has
now stabilized,” Abdinari Mohamed, a local trader, told Xinhua.
affiliated al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.