Somaliland: Khatumoists Militia Destroy Telecoms Infrastructure

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Burnt building belonging to one of the telecom companies in buhodle distrit

By: Yusuf M Hasan
BUHOODLE (Somalilandsun) – Counter insurgency successes against Khatumo secessionist in Sool region are starting to manifest in desperation amidst militias.
A band of wayward armed militia aligned to the Khatumo secession movement in Sool region went on the rampage in the villages of Banyaal and Horufadi in Buhodle district where they mangled towers belonging to Telesom and Somtel Telecommunication companies.
In the same incident administrative buildings belonging to the two giant Somaliland telecommunication companies were also destroyed in Bayaal centre resulting in yet unknown damaged.
According to a statement released by one Kayse Abdi Yusuf allegedly the Khatumo interior minister in which he apologized to the two companies the ugly incidents were perpetrated by out of control armed militias.
Adding that the hunger within the Khatumo aligned militias was caused by Somaliland army counter insurgency campaigns the secessionist appealed for a break during the holy month of Ramadan.
The damaged was as a result of the introduction of somaliland shilling in the zaad and edahab servicesThough Neither the government of Somaliland nor the two companies have opened up on the incident Somaliland sources informed it was as a protest against the introduction of the Somaliland shilling as a transaction currency of the Zaad and e-dahab mobile banking services provided by the telecoms.

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