Puntland commander assassinated as elders call for ceasefire
Galkacyo, Puntland, Somalia
September 4, 2011 08:03 am EDT
Unrest, Conflicts And War, Act Of Terror, Human Interest, People, Human Mishap, Politics, Defense, Armed Forces
by Mohamed Shiil
Special to All Headline News
Mohamed Muse, commander of Puntland’s Darvish forces, was assassinated in the Garsoor district of Galkacyo on Saturday by militia fighting against Puntland forces in the area.
“The killing came after the elders called for ceasefire between the two warring sides in Galkacyo and move militias from their current positions “ said Abdulahi Mohamed, a Puntland official in Galkacyo.
“The commander was involved implementing the first phase of the ceasefire before he was unexpectedly targeted and shot dead by the opposing side,” said the official.
Talks were going on when the killing occurred and this may upset the fragile ceasefire called by the elders, said Mohamed Abdi Farah, a resident in Galkacyo
Fighting re-ignited after Muse was killed.
Casualties in the three days of fighting in Galkacyo exceeds 20 people killed and more than 40 others wounded, medical sources indicated.
On Thursday, when the fighting broke out, more than 16 people were killed, including Mohamed Jama, deputy commander of the Galkacyo police force.
Abdi Jamal Osman, Puntland's deputy minister of national security, at a press conference in Garowe on Thursday, said that militias fighting against Puntland forces in Galkacyo were elements from Al-Shabaab.
“Our forces has attacked Al-Shabaab bases in Galkacyo," said the deputy.
Fighting broke out Thursday after Puntland deployed more troops to Galkacyo in an attempt to reduce escalating violence and killing in the town.
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