HOBYO (Sh.M.Network)—Intense fighting between Somali pirate gangs over a ransom dispute for the release of foreign hostages has killed at least three and injured 5 people, mostly pirates, reports said.
The all casualties are said to be pirates and civilians in a result of the latest bout of fighting that erupted in the town of Gawan, just 60 Km north of the coastal city of Hobyo, late on Wednesday, local residents told Shabelle Media by phone.
Tension has been high on Wednesday in the central Somali pirate lair for the release of the captives and the ships held by the Somali pirate gangs over ransom shares.
“There is no movement so far, the pirates are exchanging heavy machine gun fire inside the town that had brought life to a standstill on Wednesday,” a witness said.
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