HARGEISA, Somalia May 15 2012 (Garowe Online) – At least 5
people were killed and scores injured after a land dispute turned violent
between civilians and Somaliland’s armed security forces in the northern breakaway
region’s capital, Hargeisa, Radio Garowe reports.
The dispute was over land that belonged to the former government of President Siad Barre. According to local sources in Hargeisa the Somaliland government sold the disputed land to a
businessman. The alleged owners of the disputed land, took the case to court
but their appeal was turned down by the Somaliland
According to Hargeisa media the clashes erupted after Somaliland authorities tried to evict the alleged owners
of the land. The clashes led to 5 deaths including 3 police officers and two
After the conflict paused a British trained and heavily armed unit was called in to
disperse the angry crowd that gathered in the New Hargeisa neighborhood. The Resistant
Reaction Unit (RRU) clashed with the angry crowd shortly after arriving at the
scene. The clashes led to more injuries and according to a Somaliland
website a mother was wounded in the conflict.
Fowzia Yusuf Adan leader of the NDP party in Somaliland, was briefly jailed in Hargeisa after her and
other party leaders protested a ruling which banned them from registering their
political parties. Fowzia who spoke to reporters concerning Tuesday’s incident
said, “Using military force to quiet people, this is one of the methods that the
Somaliland government uses to suppress the
civilians, I pray that the God have mercy on the departed and hope the injured regain
The Somaliland government
has yet to release a statement on Tuesday’s clashes.