Three soldiers killed in fighting between Northern Somalia and Puntland forces

Tuesday November 22, 2022

Hargeisa (AX) – At least three soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in heavy fighting between Puntland and Northern Somalia forces in the Buhudle district on Tuesday.

The Commander of the 135th Brigade of the Northern Somalia Forces in the Buhoodle district, Major General Abdillahi Dhagaweyne, said that Puntland forces had attacked Northern Somalia forces securing the security.

“The Puntland forces launched a two-pronged attack, with some attacking police forces and others attacking Darawish forces,” Major Dhagaweyne explained.

Major General Dhagaweyne also stated that Northern Somalia forces captured military vehicles and one Northern Somalia soldier was wounded during the fighting, but AX has not independently confirmed his claims.

The forces of Northern Somalia and Puntland have previously cooperated in the Buhoodle district, and major fighting has not broken out in the Sool region of Buhoodle.

In November, Puntland’s Commander of Darawish forces, Abshir Abdi Jama, accused Northern Somalia’s breakaway government of sponsoring terror and criminal groups in Puntland and southern Somalia. Still, Northern Somalia military commander Nuh Ismail Tani dismissed comments, saying Northern Somalia seeks peaceful relations with its neighbours.

Tani added that his government did not want a conflict with Puntland but was prepared to defend itself from attack.

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