July 20, 2010 ·47 Comments
BOSASSO (Somalilandpress) — Security forces in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland have arrested and deported at least 500 people from southern Somalia in the past two days in the commercial town of Bosasso.
The raids have targeted people displaced by the ongoing war in Mogadishu and in the Bay region in South-western regions of Somalia. The city, which serves as the commercial port for Puntland authority has been plagued by deadly violence that has targeted a number of leading officials and security forces.
Over the past 48 hours, at least two policemen were shot dead while further three were seriously wounded in the New Bosasso neighbourhood. They are currently receiving medical treatment in the main hospital of the town.
The crack down on the Southern Somalis comes days after when the Puntland parliament approved new anti-terrorism laws. The weak government of Puntland led by Mr Abdirahman Mohamed Farole is trying to tighten his grip on the region as he feels threatened by the ever increasing pirates, extremists and other organized criminal gangs.
Almost on daily bases, someone gets killed or shot at in Bosasso for the past four months. Mr Farole blames the influx of the people from southern Somalia but many analysts in the region disagree and blame lack of corporation between his forces and those controlled by the main intelligence agency — Puntland Intelligence Service (PIS).
In early March, Mr Farole dismissed the head of the PIS, Mr. Osman Diana — however, he defied the orders and instead took control of parts of Bosasso.
The PIS, which functions independently was established almost a decade ago and is considered the most powerful institution in Puntland.
In addition, the government of Puntland has been under attacks from terrorist group al-Shabab, which controls much of the southern part of the country. The group carried deadly suicide attack in 2008.
A spokesman for the security forces told local reporters the forces plan to carry out similar operations in the central town of Galkayo.
Somalilandpress | July 20, 2010