19 February 2013

Somalia: Somaliland Boasts It Has Caught the Most Terrorists in Somalia

Hargeisa — Deputy Chairman of the ruling political party stated that Somaliland has apprehended the most terrorists operating in Somalia, days after opposition party chairman Faisal Ali Warabe's son was arrested on terrorism charges, Garowe Online reports.

Following an arrest of 2 alleged terrorists in Las'anod, Mohamed Kahin Ahmed deputy chairman of Kulmiye party - ruling party in Somaliland - stated that Somaliland has arrested the highest number of terrorists compared to the rest of Somalia.

"The majority of terrorists that have carried out of operations [in Somalia] were arrested by Somaliland authorities," said deputy chairman Mohamed to Somaliland media.

A high ranking official in the Puntland intelligence agency who requested anonymity told GO that this is one of the first high profile arrests of alleged terrorists that Somaliland has done.

UCID - Somaliland's opposition party - Chairman, Faisal Ali Warabe's son and a woman were arrested on terrorism charges on Sunday after Somaliland authorities found out that he had fled Hargeisa. The two were captured in Las'anod, capital of Sool region.

After acknowledging that his son was arrested on Sunday, Chairman Warabe shied away from media after the high profile arrest. Somaliland authorities have also kept quiet on the arrest of the chairman's son.

Somaliland's Sool region deputy police chief Abdullahi Saeed Guled told media that police in Las'anod apprehended 2 men, alleged to have a connection in the murder of prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abdiqadir Nur Farah who was killed in Garowe as he was praying in a mosque.

"We arrested two men who left from a village near Garowe. One of the men took part in the murder of Sheikh Abdiqadir and the other was abetting him," said Abdullahi.

Sources in the Puntland security sector, have told GO that the arrest of the two men in Las'anod has come after the captured killer of Sheikh Abdiqadir - who was caught by citizens after shooting the Sheikh - provided information to Puntland authorities.

The source said that the investigation of the killing of the Sheikh has led to many arrests but Puntland authorities have denied commenting on the investigation at this time.

The Puntland government has repeatedly asked for more cooperation and coordination on Somaliland's part in counter-terrorism operations.

"Hopefully the Somaliland government is starting to recognize that coordination with security efforts with Puntland are very much need to ensure the safety of our citizens," said Presidential spokes man Ahmed Omar Hersi.


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