LAS ANOD (Somalilandpress) — Somaliland Police chief, Colonel Mohamed Saqadi Dubad, told Somalilandpress by phone on Monday that a remote landmine explosion has killed three police men and wounded further two in the town of Las Anod, the administrative capital of Sool region.
The remote bomb which was hidden among milk cans was placed near Las Anod’s main Mosque, according to Col. Dubad, the explosion went off when the police went to investigate the cans.
The two wounded police-men, who sustained minor injuries were immediately taken to Burao General Hospital in the neighbouring state of Togdheer for treatment.
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No group has claimed responsibility but it is suspected that groups opposed to Somaliland presence in the region, who have close ties with neighbouring state of Puntland and Al-Qaeda backed Al-Shabab could have carried out the blast.
Some of the groups Somaliland suspects include traditional clan Chiefs from the Sool region known as the “Garads” or “Isimo”, it was just Sunday, when it stopped them from a meeting out side Las Anod. Somaliland security forces suspected the group to be gathering in the town of Holhol to mastermind similar attacks against the security forces.
In a separate incident, masked gun man has shot dead a senior Somaliland police man as he left the Mosque after evening prayer on last Sunday.
In recent weeks, there has been an increased attacks in the two of Las Anod as Al Shabab militants forge ties with groups in the region against Somaliland by supplying them with explosion materials and technical support.
So far, Somaliland has not responded to the ongoing security threats in the Las Anod town, it keeps military presence in the region but the military is kept out side the town. The residents have expressed great concern about the lack of security in the town in recent weeks and the Rayale government seems to be failing.
Somalilandpress, 26 January 2010