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Fresh Puntland militias reach Bakol region


People in Hudur in Bakol region bordering with Ethiopia faced fears about the insecurity after militias from Puntland and Somali president's clan reached the town overnight.

These militias with nine military vehicles and one water tank lorry would join militias already in Wajid district.

The militias traveled from Puntland in northeast Somalia and arrived at Qura-jome village of Hudur Town. Reliable sources told Shabelle Media Network that the militias were 50 ages and it is not known why their arrival in Bakol region coincided with this moment.

The deployment of Puntland militias in Bakol region came as clashes between local militias and those loyal to Somali president Abdulahi Yusuf took place in Baidoa, which left three people dead and two others injured.

People in Baidoa are too much worried about the clashes; with local officials said they would not tolerate violence by Puntland militias in Bay and Bakol region.

Man working for German aid group killed in Somalia

BERLIN, April 13 (Reuters) - A Somali man working with a German-based aid group was shot dead in a gun battle involving bandits in the south of the lawless east African country earlier this week, the organisation said on Wednesday.

The man and seven others were caught in crossfire between highway bandits and another vehicle on the road from the capital Mogadishu to the southern city of Kismayu, said Stefan Libisch. The incident occurred on Monday at around 5.30 p.m. local time, said Libisch, spokesman for Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe in Stuttgart.

Abdulkadir Esse Far'Ade, who was working on a project to clear debris washed up by the Asian tsunami, died at the scene a few minutes after being struck by a stray bullet.

"Of course we deeply regret this incident," Libisch said. "We always try to make sure security is a top priority."

Two other people died in Somalia on Monday when fighting broke out among militia after a United Nations aid convoy was held up at checkpoints.

The victims appeared to be mostly militia members, although a local member of parliament who had tried to negotiate a dismantling of the checkpoints was among the injured, according to the U.N. World Food Programme.

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