BUHODLE, Somalia Aug 23 2012 (Garowe Online) – Four students who were kidnapped while headed to Burao earlier this month, were freed after clan elders negotiated their release, Garowe Online.
The four male hostages who were students were kidnapped two
weeks ago after armed men stopped a vehicle carrying the boys in the district
of Qurulugud while they were en-route to Burao.
Clan elders and community leaders in Buhodle upon hearing
the kidnapping began negotiating with the kidnappers to release the four hostages.
The kidnapping could have potentially hindered peace talks
between Somaliland and residents of Buhodle who were engaged in skirmishes over
the past year.
Saleban Isse Haglatoosiye former Chairman of the defunct SCC met
with Somaliland President Mohamed Ahmed Silanyo to discuss Somaliland’s
military withdrawal from the outskirts of Buhodle and neighboring towns.
The kidnappers handed the hostages over to community leaders
in Buhodle who are now in the process of returning the students back to Burao.
Ibrahim Mohamed who spoke to BBC Somali stated that the
kidnappers were reluctant to release the hostages but after community
mobilization they decided to hand over the students to elders in Buhodle.
“They demanded money and were unwilling to release the
hostages but after the community leaders got involved and explained to the
kidnappers that there acts could possibly deter the withdrawal from Buhodle and other districts,
they decided to hand over the hostages,” said Mr. Mohamed.
Clashes between Buhodle residents and the Somaliland forces
have been on and off however the successful talks between Haglatoosiye and
President Silanyo led to Somaliland’s military withdrawal earlier this month.