Somalia: Somaliland moves to raise tensions in disputed region

Published: June 14, 2015

Somaliland President Ahmed Siilaanyo in Front-line May 2015
Somaliland President Ahmed Siilaanyo visited frontline / May 2015

The breakaway region of Somaliland has put its troops based in the disputed region of Sool on high alert, raising new tensions, Horseed Media reports.
Somaliland officials provided equipment, medical and food supplies to the troops stationed near Gambara district, the main base of its forces in Sool region.
The Somaliland Chief of army Ismael Shaqale visited the troops to deliver the supplies on late hours of Saturday.
Horseed Media has learnt from credible sources that the Somaliland troops are gearing up to launch an attack in Tukarak town, where Puntland troops are based and some 26-kilometres North of Garowe, the capital of Puntland.
Puntland and Somaliland have had territorial disputes over the Sool and Sanag regions in the past decade, in which some occasions troops from both entities clashed.
Somaliland forces seized Las Anod district, the capital of Sool, in October, 2007 after a battle with the Puntland army who were controlling at that time.
Analysts have said that the Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, who is currently under a major pressure from the opposition parties due to the extension of the Presidential term, wants to use violence as a tool to distract his Political rivals.
Puntland accuses Somaliland of financing and training the al-Shabab militants hiding in Galgala mountain ranges, but Somaliland  has denied the accusations.
Horseed Media

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