Ethiopian state denies Somali troops were involved in border clashes

The Somali regional state of Ethiopia has said that it has no evidence soldiers from Somalia took part in recent fighting between rival clan militias along the border between the two countries.

A senior security official in the Somali Regional State, who was responding to claims that Somali soldiers killed Ethiopian civilians in the recent clashes in Ferfer, said there was no proof linking the Somali National Army to civilian killings in the area.

Ferfer, located along the border between Ethiopia and Somalia, has on many occasions in past been the scene of violent clashes between clan militias from both opposing sides of the border.

The official said they had managed to separate the feuding clan militias and transferred several wounded to a state-run hospital. A delegation from the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia is currently in the area for mediation efforts.