LASQORAY, Somalia 02 Jun 2012 (Garowe Online) - Somaliland
naval forces attacked a crew of engineers assessing the port of Lasqoray a town
under Puntland authority,
According to Deputy Minister of Security Abdijamal Osman Mohamed
Somaliland naval forces attacked a crew of engineers who were aboard a ship
escorted by Puntland forces on Friday. The engineers were assessing the
renovation of the port in the coastal town of Lasqoray.
Puntland forces in Lasqoray fended
off the attack, there were no casualties.
Minister Mohamed who held a press conference in Garowe said,
that the blatant attack by Somaliland would not be
tolerated by Puntland, adding that the attack was one against the advancement
of Puntland and Somalia
at this critical stage.
“This cowardly attack
shows that the government in Somaliland wants to cause
insecurity in Puntland and is opposing the progress of peace and reconciliation
in Somalia,” said
The Minister also gave a stark warning to Somaliland
telling the government to stay away from the port
of Lasqoray reminding the Somaliland
government that the town of Lasqoray
is under the authority of Puntland.
“We are asking our brothers of Somaliland
to stay away from disrupting the port
of Lasqoray which is under our
jurisdiction and whose people support the Puntland government,” said Minister
The attack which did not stem any casualties has been
regarded by the Puntland government as a blatant attack by the Somaliland
government. Puntland has advised the Somaliland
government to stop the reoccurring attacks on Puntland constituencies.