Somaliland: “No External Enemy Behind City Blasts” Interior Minister

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Somaliland 11 interior minister Ali M Waranade press brieifng on the two explosions that hit Hargeisa recently

By Ahmed Abdi

Somalilandsun – The Two explosions that shook Hargeisa in two different nights was the work of some mischievous people within the populace.

The latest explosion termed by police commissioner Brigadier Fadal Iman as from a locally assembled exploding device called “Shaani” occurred near the Somaliland Army corrections Command (SACC), which is not far from Somaliland’s Department of Administration of Justice. While the last night’s explosion occurred the street behind Hargeisa general hospital but the explorations caused fear and confusion to residents of the city.
According to the Somaliland minister of Interior apart from creating uncertainty among Somalilanders and fear in city residents the explosions that did not cause any human or material damage are believed to be related to a fierce dispute over power within the Kulmiye Ruling party.
This ruling party power struggle ensued after party Chairman Muse Bihi announced his candidature for the 2015 slated elections on a Kulmiye party banner, a move that is a direct challenge to the second election bid for sitting president Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo and founder of the ruling party.
Speaking with the media, the Somaliland Minister of Interior Ali Mohamed Waran’ade said the two blasts caused improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
“What occurred in the two nights is not from an external enemy, but a result of internal conflicts within the governing party “, said the minister who upon citing intelligence sources, accused some faction within ruling part of being responsible for the explosion in the city of Hargeisa.

“As we were informed, some members of Kulmiye Party were involved in these incidents, but it is astounding hypocrisy when those have the intention to run in office are harming the same people they had to serve”, said the minister.

Somaliland, which shares border with Ogaden region and the tiny African nation of Djibouti broke away from the rest of Somalia in 1991 and has been relatively peace over the last two decades.

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