The Somaliland Minister for Interior Affairs and Security, Mohamed Kahin Ahmed, on Tuesday, revealed that the Somaliland army positioned outside the troubled Sool town of Las Anod repulsed multi-fronted attacks from terrorist militias, masquerading as rebellious civilians, supported by trained troops who crossed over from the Puntland Federal State of Somalia.

In a statement he released early Tuesday morning, as the battle for supremacy of the town enters its second day, the Minister confirmed that the armed engagements started at around 5:30 in the morning but that they have been quickly repulsed, forcing the attackers to filter back to the town or flee to the interior.

“The terrorist militias who attacked army positions in the morning were supported by Puntland troops who have directly thrown themselves into the battle and other militias calling themselves the Khatumo army,” he said.


“Let the international community, neighboring countries, the African Union, IGAD, the United Nations, and the Arab League be informed that terrorist militias supported by Puntland have joined forces in Las Anod,” Minister Kahin states, adding that Somaliland continues to stand for peace and stability of the region as always.

Terrorist Militias Supported By Puntland Troops Attack Somaliland Army PositionsThe Minister’s statement follows another the council of ministers issued last evening calling for calm.

The Council called on the international community and other key political and security actors to not extend succor to civilians displaced by the conflict but to, also, actively collaborate with the government of Somaliland in a situation that was planned by belligerent, combative elements to turn a wide swathe of the area into a terrorist haven.

“The Las Anod conflict poses a palpable threat to the peace and stability of the Horn of Africa and the world at large and so must be collectively faced,” the Council stated.

Terrorist Militias Supported By Puntland Troops Attack Somaliland Army Positions“The council wishes to impress on the international community and the region that terrorist militants and combatants from across the border have openly invaded the Republic of Somaliland putting its nationals in the Sool region under siege,” the statement added.

Bearing witness to the above claim, the Somaliland national army has today captured several ‘technicals’ and a number of soldiers belonging to Puntland’s PSF division under Osman Diano and Shabaab and Daesh fighter units.

Terrorist Militias Supported By Puntland Troops Attack Somaliland Army PositionsThe government has placed several militant leaders under custody during the past few months from whom it gleaned valuable information on militant activities and sleeper cells in the area.

According to Somaliland’s Minister of Information, Suleiman Yussuf Ali Koore, the army let go of civilian fighters who admitted that they were misled into fighting by the barrage of propaganda they were subjected to.

Terrorist Militias Supported By Puntland Troops Attack Somaliland Army Positions
An assortment of materials and devices meant to build IEDs were found on the persons of some of the captured.

On their part, the splinter group of Garaads – traditional leaders – who called civilians to arms, have again repeated calls to Somalia and other leaders to support their armed engagements with troops and supplies in another attempt to turn the situation into ethnic strife.

Somalia cautiously responded to the calls fully well knowing that the area over which the Garaads stake jurisdiction does not qualify for a federal state status in accordance with Somalia’s provisional constitution, nor is it within its power to make it one as it is well within the borders of the Republic of Somaliland.

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