A group of Somali pirates exchanged heavy gunfire on Thursday over a ransom they received for releasing an American Journalist, Residents have confirmed.
The clash took place in the Southern part of Galkaio town, North-central of Somalia, controlled by local Administration of Galmudug.
At least three pirates were killed during the clash, including a prominent pirate kingpin. Several other civilians were injured during the gun battle.
‘’There was a heavy exchange of gunfire between them (pirates). They fought over a ransom they received for releasing the American Journalist,” said one of the residents.
Journalist Michael Scott Moore was released days ago after the pirates were paid a ransom of about $1.5 million. He was held in captive for almost three years by pirates who hail from Galmudug.
It’s not the first time Somali Pirates have argued and clashed over ransoms they have received.