31 May 2009

Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Make Search Operations in Hiraan Region

Baladweyne — The Ethiopian troops who have recently crossed into Somalia and were deployed in Kalabeyr key junction have made search operations in the area, witnesses said on Sunday.

Witnesses said the Ethiopian troops made the search operations in the mountains near Kalaberyr village which is about 20 km north of Beledweyne town in Hiraan region in central Somalia.

They have reportedly stopped the circulation of the traffic and the people in the area but the movement has returned to normalcy when they have ended their operations.

It is not known the reason behind their operations but some reports suggest that the Ethiopian troops were inspecting mines in the area.

The Ethiopian troops reached in kalabeyr on 20 May 2009 and made several search operations in the area but they have not arrested any one.

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