Sunday, January 29, 2012

Injured Rushed to Galkayo Hospital After Somaliland Attack

Jan 28, 2012 - 7:55:47 AM

Somalia: Injured rushed to Galkayo hospital after Somaliland attack

28 Jan 28, 2012 - 7:42:51 AM

GALKAYO, Somalia Jan 28 2012 (Garowe Online) – The injured in Thursday’s battle after Somaliland forces attacked the city of Buhodle were rushed to Galkayo hospital capital of Mudug region, Radio Garowe reports.

The three hour battle on Thursday resulted to over 80 killed for Somaliland forces after the local militia counterattacked the Somaliland forces who launched the battle at 4 pm Thursday. On the other side the local militia had 23 deaths and more than 20 injured.

The injured residents of Buhodle were rushed to Galkayo hospital which is a 3 hour drive from Buhodle. The Director of Galkayo General Hospital Ahmed Diriye Sugule who spoke to reporters said that one man aged 54, has died from his injuries.

Mr. Sugule added that the injured included 2 women and 2 children amongst the 23 men. The 2 children aged 6 and 7 and two women are in stable condition.

The Governor of Mudug Mohamed Yusuf Tigey who held a press conference today discussed the attack by Somaliland forces on residents of Buhodle calling it a shameful attack. Mr. Tigey said, “It is shameful to see the blatant attack of women and children.”

He went to add that Somaliland’s intellectuals, scholars and clan elders should tell their government to stop the bloodshed in Buhodle by Somaliland forces.

Somaliland's authority in contested regions

Somaliland’s authority is growing weaker in the contested regions of Sool, Sanag and Ayn. In Baran located in Sanag region protesters lined the streets to protest a Somaliland official who had visited the region.

Another protest in Las'anod capital of Sool region resulted in 2 deaths and 12 injured after Somaliland forces opened fire on protesters.

Buhodle the capital of Ayn region was attacked on January 15 2012, Somaliland forces have been in and around the city since then.

Puntland and Somaliland have had a territorial dispute since 2003 over the regions of Sool, Sanaag and Ayn. Although the three regions were hotly contested Las'anod was under Puntland rule until 2007 after Somaliland forces captured Las'anod and have occupied it ever since.


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