Somaliland: 6 Residents of Sool Region Killed by Puntland Militia


By: Yusuf M Hasan
Somalilandsun- The president of Puntland Abdiweli Gas is in Burtinle village from where he is directing skirmishes between militias from Puntland and somaliland.
The fighting that has resulted in six deaths and numerous casualties is between citizens of Somaliland resident in Hoorre village and militia dispatched from Puntland.
According to reports the current skirmishes which are a follow up of recent ones in Gumbur-agarre village is as a result of incursions into Somaliland territory by armed Majeertenia clan militia fully equipped by authorities of Puntland, an administrative region of Somalia.
Photographic evidence show machine gun mounted technical vehicles supplied by Puntland being used to attack the residents of Hoorre where the deaths and casualties are said to include both sides.
While president Abdiweli Gas is far away from his headquarters in Garowe it is yet to ascertained as per reasons behind his administration’s involvement in the clan skirmishes that have now sprawled out of Sool region in Somaliland into Nugaal in Puntland.
It is not the first time for Puntland fronted militia or military forces to make deadly incursions into Somaliland.
By the time of going to press neither the Sool regional administration nor central authorities in Hargeisa have commented on the deadly skirmishes.