GAROWE (Somalilandpress) — At least one person was killed and another wounded in a confrontation between civilians and Puntland state police in the town of Garowe on Friday, locals report.

Media reports say residents from Western suburbs of Garowe came out to put down a fire that has gutted a petrol station and several shops. The fire was successfully extinguished by the determined locals using buckets of water.
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The locals frustrated with the government, later took to the streets to protest about the lack of fire fighting equipment in the city. They say they desperately need a new firetruck to protect their brush-fire prone community, however they were met by heavily armed police who unleashed a hail of bullets.

They wounded two men, one later died while in hospital.

Until now no one knows how the fire began but it is believed it started from the petrol station and spread to neighbouring shops.

With a population of 33,000 inhabitants,Garowe is the capital and third largest city in Puntland after Bossasso and Galkayo, however the city only has one old firetruck that was donated by the town of Bossasso.

The deadly protest comes hours before Abdirahman Mohamud Farole, the president of Somalia’s semi-autonomous northern region, is set to celebrate his first anniversary since coming to power.

Source: Somalilandpress, 9 January 2010

Photo: Horseedmedia


  1. Yacen even the Somaliland press calls them Puntland when the name "Bunt" was originally referred to present day Somaliland by the Pheroas in Egypt who traded with the Somaliland people exchanging goods for Foox and Luubaan hence the name Bunt or a Land of good smell. Puntland is a name hijicked from Somaliland and the true name of the piratelnad is Majhirtania. Somalilanders need to stop calling them Puntland and start naming them with the name their Italian masters gave them which is Majhiertania

  2. OOOPPPpppssss!!!!
    Theres are somethings that I do understand, and there are somethings that
    drive me nuts.

    There was once upon-a-time "British Somaliland" which is now the Republic of Somaliland. The land of PUNT was Zaila. This so-called Puntland was known as the Land of Majertenia, even the last map, before Somalia was born.

    As an athropolgist, it makes me laugh especialy when the leaders of the so-called puntland can not even pronounce the name of their territory
    Puntland and instead they the are Buntland or worse Buntiland !!!!

    LOL…… LOL……

  3. Stop the hate guys, why should we call them Majertenia, we dont act like them who call Somaliland, "mesha la magac baxday" or "diirta waqooyi", they just make themselves look fools, dont go to that level.

    Calacaalka uu dhafaa waxiina iska wata.