March 3, 2011 ·11 Comments
HARGEISA –Police in Hargeisa have arrested several people on Thursday for allegedly setting fire to a number of homes in the past three weeks in the capital.
According to the police 29 homes in Ga’an Libah and Mohamed Moge neighborhood were damaged when several teenagers set fire on them. Most of these homes are traditional huts and plastic tents which could not be saved.
Narrating the incident to the press, Somaliland’s Deputy Police Commissioner Abdirahman Liban Ahmed confirmed the arrests and added they have being processed and will face judicial system in the next few days.
Mr. Ahmed acknowledged that the police have established tangible evidence linking the suspects the crimes that has terrorised the city. The suspects used a mixture of gas and petroleum products to cause these grave damages to the 29 properties.
The items that will be used as evidence were recovered in the posession of the suspects.
The police commander thanked the residents of the affected area whom he said were vigilant in the apprehending of the suspects. “We were able to make the arrests thanks to the residents for cooperating with the investigating unit in the past several days,” he said during the news conference.
There has not been any fire in the past two days and the current annoucement by the police department will give the residents of Hargeisa much need peace of mind.
At least 30 fires flared up in the two neighborhoods for the past three weeks which left many residents on top of their roofs. This is the first time such crimes had occured in Somaliland. The police department does not have an arson squad or specialists in similar departments which has residents concerned (see SOMALILAND: Arsonists terrorise terrified residents in Hargeisa).
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