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Somalia: Gunmen kill Somaliland judge in Las Anod

July 19, 2010

 Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a judge in northern Somali town of Las Anod, the provincial capital of disputed Sool region in Somaliland.

Saleban Jama Dhere, who was the chief judge of Las Anod court, was shot several times by men armed with pistols near his house late on Sunday in the south of the town.

The killing of the judge was received with heated anger by the resident, who described it as cruel.

Abdullahi Hirsi Binow, one of the town’s elders told Radio Garowe that the killing was a terror act carried out by unknown assailants.

"The killing of the judge brought tense moments in the town. Everyone is worried. It is terrible act,” he said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility.

Source : GAROWE ONLINE

Une bombe explose à LasAnod en Somalie du Nord.

 1er novembre 2009

Mohamed Yonis, forumicanada

Les rebelles de la province du Somaliland ont déclaré qu’une bombe a explosé sur la route le 1er novembre 2009 tuant trois personnes dont un officier de la République auto-proclamée du Somaliland.

Le commandant de division des rebelles du Somaliland, Mr Osman Yussuf a été tué dans l’attaque qui a eu lieu dans la ville de Lasanod, région disputée par le Puntland et le Somaliland. La population de Lasanod s'oppose aux bandits portant l'uniforme des rebelles de Dahir Riyaale.

Le Somaliland s’est réparé de la Somalie en 1991 mais la sécession est devenue un cauchemar. En effet, les anciens alliés de Syad Barré dirigent Hargeisa et les meurtres, les pillages, vol à main armée, kidnapping ainsi que le viol sont devenus les armes de guerre de l’organisation criminelle de Dahir Riyaale Kahin.

Hundreds of Somalis Demonstrate Largely in Las Anod Town

2 November 2009

Las Anod — Hundreds of Somalis have demonstrated against the troops of the break away republic of Somaliland in Las Anod town in north of Somalia, officials told Shabelle radio on Monday.

Mohamed Abdullahi, a Somalia peacemaker and one of the scholars told Shabelle radio that the demonstration happened in to more different parts in the country saying that two people were wounded as the troops of the Somaliland opened fire to the demonstrators in Las Anod in Sol region.

The peacemaker said that the troops captured more than 20 people during their operations in the town accusing them that they were those who behind the explosion targeted to the highest officials of Sol administration which is part of Somaliland.

More people in Las Anod town had annoyed yesterday's land mine explosion which left more lives of high ranking officials in the region and there had been hundreds of irritated teenagers with women and children those were burning tires in the streets of the town.

Most of the demonstrators were against the operations of the police forces of Somaliland and it comes after big explosion that caused more casualties in the town on Sunday.

Somaliland police officers killed in bomb attack

Jan 25, 2010

At least two police officers have been killed and three others were wounded in a bomb explosion in the disputed northwestern Somali town of Las Anod, the capital of Sool, in the break-away republic of Somaliland.

The blast occurred on Monday morning when the police officers picked up a remote controlled bomb hidden near a mosque in the town, killing the two officers on the spot.

The three injured officers were transferred to a hospital in Burao, the second largest northwestern town of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland.

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion and the

Somaliland authorities have not yet commented about it.

The explosion comes days after a senior commander in Sool region warned of assassination plots targeted on him and other top officials, blaming it on the regions Police commandant.

The town is disputed by the Somaliland and its neighboring semi-autonomous state of Puntland and has been witnessing rampant insecurity in the recent past.

GAROWE ONLINE

Puntland condemns Somaliland's 'barbaric regime' over violations

Feb 7, 2010

The government of Somalia's Puntland state has strongly condemned yesterday's deadly riot in the disputed town of Las Anod, the capital of Sool region where at least two people were killed.

The demonstration was staged against the detention of some of the town's Islamic teachers by the security forces of the unrecognized republic of Somaliland, a separatist region in northwest Somalia.

According to witnesses, the police fired at the crowd that composed of students, teachers and parents, resulting the death and injuries of innocent civilians.

Puntland's Information Ministry said in a statement that the act was symbolic of the "barbaric regime" of Somaliland President Dahir Riyale, terming it as against the human rights of the natives.

"The government of Puntland strongly condemns and accuse Riyale's administration of suppression against the inhabitants of Las Anod. It was inhumane and gross violation of human rights what the police did to the innocent civilians," read the statement.

The statement adds that the police had no regards to

Islam, Somalia and good neighborliness at all, while urging the human rights watchdogs and international parties to investigate the incident.

'Exodus'

Meanwhile the residents of Las Anod have started vacating the town for fear of suppression from the Somaliland security forces.

According to Abdirahman Dahir Gas, a local elder who spoke with Garowe Online while in Tuka-Raq village east of Las Anod, the residents expressed concerns over the deteriorating security situation in the town.

"The situation in Las Anod is like that one of Israeli occupied

Palestine. Las Anod is under the brutal occupation of Somaliland. They (Somaliland) treat us mercilessly with death and destruction," he said while urging Puntland and its people not to give up on Las Anod.

Las Anod is strategically located along trade routes in northwestern Somalia disputed between Puntland and self-declared republic of Somaliland.

Since its takeover by Somaliland in 2007, the town has not enjoyed peace with residents opposing the new ruler. 

In January, there was a series of unexplained bombings that targeted Somaliland police and government officials in Las Anod.

Somaliland unilaterally declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 but has not been recognized internationally.

GAROWE ONLINE