July 17, 2010 ·12 Comments
HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Somaliland presidential security forces opened fire and killed a stray driver after driving close to the Presidential palace on Thursday night.
In a press release, the chief of Presidential security guards Mr Sulub Abubaker said the driver ran over the security barrier and drove 100 yards close to back entrance of the palace. He added that security services tried to stop the car by shouting at the driver to stop. But the driver failed to comply with the security personnel.
Mr Abubaker said the officers attempted to ‘shoot out the tires’ of the suspected vehicle in bid to puncture his tires but one bullet hit the driver. He was carrying two passengers and one of them sustained minor injuries in the incident.
After treating the injured passenger, he was taken into custody and questioned by the security personnel, he was shortly released.
The victim, Mr Omar Abdoulrizaq Egal was taken to Hargeisa’s general hospital, where he was announced dead.
After short investigation, the police declared the incident an accident and blamed the driver for his lack of knowledge about the area. They said he was a British-Somalilander who recently arrived in the country to visit relatives.
The police released a press statement in which they explain that driver was not part of any terrorist plot. And it was tragedy that resulted from not obeying the security procedures near the presidential palace.
In 2008 Al-Shabab attacked the Presidential palace in a multiple car suicide attacks, in which more than 4o people were killed. Since the attacks the roads around the palace and other sensitive government buildings were blocked from the public and cars were detoured to different roads.
The Somaliland president, Mr. Riyale was notified immediately about the incident and he issued a written condolence letter to the family of the victim. President Riyale called the incident a tragedy and praised the security services for being vigilant.
The two passengers with the victim explained that they did not know the area well and the music inside the care was loud. They could not hear the police warnings.
Somalilandpress | July 17th, 2010