Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 13, 2011 (SL Times) – Somaliland Minister
of Information, Ahmed Abdi Haabsade strongly condemned Puntland’s armed
attack on peaceful Somaliland officials which resulted in the murder of
the chairman of education in Sool, Hasan Muhammad Dahir.
Mr Habsade said that the unarmed Somaliland officials were on their way
to visiting their communities in Taleeh when they were viciously
attacked by armed men belonging to Puntland. One person was killed in
the attack, some were wounded, and others were kidnapped and are being
held by Puntland. Mr Habsade said this in a press conference that he
held in the ministry of information.
The Somaliland minister of information further noted that Puntland,
through its actions, had destroyed the freedom of movement between
Somaliland and Puntland. He urged Puntland to immediately release the
people it kidnapped, and to take responsibility for what happened, and,
if it refuses to do so, Somaliland would respond.