Puntland releases rebel militia members under amnesty deal
Bosaso, Puntland, Somalia
July 26, 2011 02:55 pm EDT
Politics, Regional Authority, Unrest, Conflicts And War, Armed Conflict, Politics, Treaty
by Mohamed Shiil
Special to All Headline News
Nine members of a militia loyal to Mohamed Said Atam were released Tuesday from the Bosaso central prison as part of an amnesty agreement, Puntland officials confirmed..
The released prisoners had been captured last year in fighting between Puntland forces and militia loyal to Atam.
Reports from Puntland said that Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole will soon officially declare a preliminary peace deal between his administration and Atam’s militia fighting in Galgala on the 13th anniversary of the formation of Puntland.
The release of the prisoners is the first step for the implementation of the Galgala preliminary peace deal by Puntland officers and Atam’s militia, according to Puntland officials.
Other militias loyal to Atam are also in custody and will be released later, said a Puntland official.
The Puntland president recently offered amnesty to Atam’s militia and called on them to start negotiations with his administration. Puntland officially announced today they were offering amnesty to Atam’s militia held in Puntland prisons captured in the fighting in Galgala.
Puntland and the militia led by Atam reached a preliminary ceasefire on Saturday in Galgala .
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