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The fighting began Wednesday when unknown gunmen killed Sheikh Ibrahim, a teacher at a Koranic school. Sources say militia killed local traders in revenge. Puntland forces joined the fighting when a security officer was killed during the clashes.
“I saw the body of Sheikh Ibrahim ... minutes later other militias attacked a local trader,” Qadro Mahmoud, a Galkayo resident, told Somalia Report.
An overnight curfew was placed on the town to calm the situation.
Galkayo and Bosaso have been the scenes of a growing campaign of assassinations, which often lead to reprisal attacks. Clashes between clans, criminal group actions and destabilization attempts by militant Islamist group al-Shabaab have been blamed for the unrest.