15 October 2007

Somalia: Over 20 People Killed in Fresh Fighting Between Somaliland And Puntland States

Mogadishu — More than 20 people have been killed and many others have been wounded in fighting between forces from the self-declared breakaway republic of Somaliland and the semi-autonomous region of Puntland over a disputed border town.

The fighting broke out early on Sunday morning between these two rival sides pounded each other with heavy weaponry for control over Las Anod town, a much disputed town.

Somaliland troops reported being led by a former puntland home minister Ahmed Abdi Habsade, who had been dismissed after defected to Somaliland.

There have been conflicting reports over who has the upper hand, although both side claim victory in today's fighting in Las Anod town but some reliable sources indicate that Puanland troops have retreated from their positions while Somaliland forces have advanced further into the town.

The tensions over the disputed border town have been running very high for the past months.

Anti-demo Somaliland takes place in Garowe town

Angry demonstrators have staged a rally in Garowe, the capital of the Semi- Autonomous region of Puntland against the seizure of Las Anod town by Somaliland troops after bitter fighting with Puntland which lasted several hours but later Puntland troops defeated.

The demonstrators were chanting slogans that encourage Puntland administrations to engage war with Somaliland after Somaliland forces reported top have defeated forces from Puntalnd.

Eyewitnesses say, the demonstrators were throwing stones at business places and at the same time chanting catchphrases against Somaliland.

Puntland head returns home

Puntland president, General Adde Muse has returned to Garowe town after hearing that his men defeated in Today's fighting by Somaliland troops.

General Adde has been in neighboring Djibouti for two days after he had returned from Ethiopia having talks with Ethiopian officials.

According to sources close to the president, the president has cut his visit to Djibouti for military purpose against Somaliland.

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