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Haatuf Borama Correspondent Released
Hargeisa (SL Times) - Somaliland Para-military police force chief, Abdi Foolhun, has attacked a Haatuf reporter and confiscated a camera belonging to Haatuf Media Network, the publishers of the Somaliland Times, The Somali Haatuf and Arabic Al-Hatif al-Arabi.
The incident happened in front of Haatuf's office, near the Togdheer roundabout in Hargeisa on late Thursday night when a police patrol unit stopped a transportation vehicle carrying an unusually large oil storage tanker. Men dressed in national uniform accompanying the vehicle as escort, told the suspicious police men that the tanker has been transported from Berbera and was meant for the military. But when the police contacted the military command through radio, the response was negative.
As Haatuf reporter Mohamed-Amin tried to take a picture of the huge oil tanker, Abdi Foolhun who by then arrived at the scene attacked him and forcibly took the camera away from him. Haatuf's attempts to recover the camera have so far been unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Borama police authorities have released from detention Haatuf correspondent, Mohamed Omer. The correspondent was arrested on Thursday morning in connection with a feature news article published earlier in the week in the daily Somali language Haatuf newspaper. In the article, the chairman of KULMIYE's Awdal branch had accused UDUB party officials of being involved in covert anti-Somaliland activities.
Mohamed Omer was released yesterday as a result of an intervention by the Awdal region governor, Mahmud Sh. Abdillahi.