Tensions between the Puntland and Galmudug regions soared last month after Galmudug said a US strike aimed at Shabaab jihadists had killed 13 of its soldiers.
It accused neighbouring Puntland of feeding the US false information that led to the air strike.
But spokesperson for the Galmudug administration, Mohamed Hassan Sahal, the fighting broke out in an argument over land.
The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) confirmed carrying out a “self-defence” strike near the town of Galkayo on September 28, when al-Qaeda linked Shabaab fighters attacked a Somali force and their US advisors.
“Since that incident, Puntland got threats from al-Shabaab and Galmudug… to retaliate for the death of the terrorists killed in the attack.
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