Army shootings to be probed in Somaliland


HARGEISA-Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud (Siilaanyo) has decried a series of killings targeting commanders in charge of army units, hinting at more robust probe into the motives behind the worrying trend, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the 22d anniversary of Somaliland Army at a command center in Sool region village of Oog, Siilaanyo unveiled that anybody linked to the killings would be brought to justice.

“Nowadays, there’re assassinations within the army, especially killing of commanders. This matter is tantamount to crime and it cannot be tolerated, and I stress that anybody that commits such heinous crime will appear before justice, paying heaviest price for its serious repercussions,” Somaliland leader told battalions.

Somaliland will soon appoint a fact-finding commission to probe the incidents that have been on increase in the northwestern region.

Siilaanyo was reacting to shooting incidents that saw many commanders within Somaliland army ranks killed.

Businessman behind bars

Somaliland police forces have arrested businessman Omar Aided Ahmed who also owns businesses in neighboring Djibouti in the capital, Hargeisa.

His detention follows a brewing dispute regarding an investment he injected into the renovation of former national theatre under government consent.

Police raided Ahmed’s home for the arrest without judicial writ according to former Deputy Minister of Planning Abdikarin Ahmed Moge.

War of words have heightened between clan elders hailing from his clan and those critical of his investment endeavor in which the businessman is transforming crumbling structure into mega-building in buzzing Hargeisa.


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