Somali civilians clash with al-Shabab over tax dispute

At least 10 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in fighting that erupted over a tax dispute between al-Shabab and armed residents in Somalia’s central state of Galmudug.

The clashes on Monday started after al-Shabab members, who control the port town of Harardhere, tried to impose taxes on its residents.

Security forces also reportedly backed the locals in clashes with the fighters in Dumaaye village and other areas near Harardhere. 

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The Associated Press quoted resident Ahmed Mohamed as saying 10 people, including six fighters and four residents, were killed in the fighting.