Hargeisa, 12 July 2009 – Hundreds of Borama residents demonstrated today in the city center condemning the killing of four businessmen yesterday.
Unknown armed militia ambushed the road between Gebiley and Borama yesterday night killing four people including a well-known businessman on his way to Borama. The deceased were all hailing from Borama. The militia also kidnapped Seven other persons in the area to unknown areas of the region.
Prominent figures from Borama called the government to take strong action against those criminals who do not belong to any clan. Sh. Abdillahi Sh. Ali Jowhar, a religious leader in Borama said those criminals should face the justice and should not be forgiven for their barbaric action against civilians. He called Borama residents not to carry out any revenge against those who are living in the city from the other regions. He said this action has nothing to do with the land dispute between the two sub-clans in Elbardale, in Gebiley district.
The police shot several bullets in the air to disperse the demonstrators after they stormed government offices with stones damaging some properties in the city. No casualties have been reported so far.
On the other hand, Somaliland forces arrested at least 8 persons after skirmishes took place in Elbardale this morning. The police is now stationed in the middle of the conflicted area between the two sub-clans who reside in the area.