June 11, 2012 ·61 Comments
HARGEISA — The highest judicial authority of Maroodi Jeeh province has narrowly escaped an attempt on his life on Monday when gunmen armed with pistols attacked him near his house in New Hargeisa neighborhood, according to eyewitnesses.
Abdulrashid Mohamed Duran was shot in the head by unknown gunmen minutes after leaving a mosque near his home after morning prayers.
“Mr. Duran was shot as he walked home by men with pistols after prayers and he was rushed to Hargeisa’s General hospital,” Ahmed Adani told Somalilandpress.
Doctors said that the Judge sustained minor injuries and they were optimistic about his recovery despite being shot in the head. He was airlifted to neighboring Djibouti for more medical treatment just before midday today (Monday). Local authority said he sustained wounds on his left cheek with one gunshot.
Shootings are relatively rare in Hargeisa but this is the second time gunmen attacked government officials in two months.
The assailants managed to escape but police and the Department of Criminal Investigation said they were both formally involved in the investigation. They added no motive has yet been determined.
Eyewitnesses said at least ten men were involved in the shooting who fled from the scene.
The interior minister Mohamed Nour Arale today told local press that the attack was carried out by two men and emphasized that they had leads on the gunmen. He called for calm and stated that the people and government of Somaliland were unified against such heinous act.
Some people suspect the shooting might be connected to recent corruption cases where Judge Duran gave twelve people prison terms ranging from one to eight years for their roles in misappropriation of food aid. Those found guilty included three former officials who received jail terms of one year to three years.
The defendants were charged with taking 2,500 bags of rice and 400 cartons of beans which was part of a 1,000-metric-ton food shipment donated by the Sultan of Oman that also included clothes.
There has been a widespread speculation that the judge’s decision was influenced and interfered by the country’s executive power. The government denied the accusations saying the “malicious claims were baseless” and that “the court ruled upon the cases to the satisfaction of the people” in a statement.
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