Somaliland police arrested prominent cleric Sheikh Mohamud Abdullahi Gelle Sunday (September 29th) for allegedly supporting a "terrorist cell", Somalia's RBC Radio reported.
Counter-terrorism police stormed Gelle's house in Hargeisa and took him to the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters for interrogation, according to Somaliland regional Police Chief Brigadier General Abdullahi Fadal Iman.
"Sheikh Gelle was arrested by the security forces and he is being questioned for linkages with a terrorist cell in Somalia," he said.
Gelle is founder and leader of the banned Hisbullah party. He has been arrested several times for supporting al-Shabaab in the Somaliland region.
The government did not comment further on the reasons for his arrest, but according to Somali Current, local media reports said Gelle cheered al-Shabaab's deadly attack in Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall last week.