Somaliland: Soldier Kills Officer, Wounds Another


Why killings in the armed forces

By: Yusuf M Hasan
GAMBADA (Somalilandsun) – A Somaliland military officer has been buried following his brutal murder.
The deceased officer Corporal Aidaruss Awale met his death from a hail of bullets fired by Private Mustafa Salah Samatar at the Gambada military base in Sool region.

During the same fatal incident at the Somaliland 18th Army base also saw Private Abdi Ibrahim Abdilahi sustain serious injuries currently being nursed at the Togdeer regional hospital in Burao.
According to the Somaliland minister of Defence Ahmed Haji Ali Adami, the culprit Serviceman Mustafa Salah who was apprehended immediately after the shooting shall face the firing squad.
The killer who is currently under military custody in Burao is reported to have killed the late Aidaruss during an attempt on the life of the injured Serviceman Abdi with whom a quarrel had transpired.
This incident comes in the heels of a similar such incident to occur within a military facility in Somaliland, which saw a private kill two senior officers.
In mid September 2014 Captain Mohamed Aw-Rabah Yusuf and Lieutenant Jama Mahmud Hadi, the commanding officer and operations officer of Somaliland’s 17th army battalion respectively were killed at their QoriLugud military post in Togdeer region by a soldier under their command.
While five officers were convicted to various custodial sentences for complicity in the QoriLugud murders by a military court martial the culprit Serviceman Farah Mohamed Ismail who was sentenced to death in absentia by the same court, remains at large more than a year after the incident.
In increasing cases of uniformed officers committing murder, a police officer is now facing the gallows after he shoot business Gamadeere at a road block a few kilometers outside Hargeisa, just the other day.

Similarly on the 3oth Sept after he was gunned by a junior officer he was taking to Court.
The officer in charge of Arabsiyo police station late Captain Abdi Ismail Ali ‘Abdi Ase’ died from multiple wounds he sustained after he was shot several times in Gabile town by an officer he was taking to court for arraigned on charges related to misconduct to the public during security operations in Arabsiyo district of Gabile region.
To date none of the uniformed colleagues slayers have met with the punishment imposed by the military court so the current pledge by defence minister on the issue of the Gambada killer is highly in doubt.
May Allah rest the soul of deceased Corporal Aidaruss in Eternal bliss and hasten the recovery of injured serviceman Abdi.