Araweelo News Network
Bossaso(ANN)-A Heavy gun battle broke out in Bossaso on Tuesday, killing and injuring hundreds of families, forcing hundreds of families to flee their homes.
Early this morning, fighting broke out between two factions of the Somali regional administration in Puntland, after the administration forces attempted to take over the US-trained PSF base. , and specifically works with the US CIA operations, in the so-called war on terror.
No casualties were reported, but people in the town confirmed to Araweelo News Network that most of the wounded soldiers had been taken to hospital, although the injuries included several civilians, who were injured in the fighting.
People close to the scene of the fighting told Araweelo News Network that the regional administration in Bossaso had refused to allow people near the area to flee before the fighting, as they wanted to flee. But many locals have left their homes, following the situation closely.
Bossaso Mayor Abdiqani Ahmed Ismail told the BBC that the PSF had started fighting; noting that the administration had been tolerating it for a month so that the city would not face fighting and civilians would not flee.
Authorities did not succeed in capturing the PFS compound and reportedly repulsed it, seizing vehicles, but defending on the outskirts of the city.
Most efforts are underway to stabilize the situation, but the two sides are said to be reorganizing, with each side looking to weigh in on the situation and evaluate the plan for success.
The fighting beginning the time President Deni was visiting the South West Administration, where he was in the process of forming a federal government for President Farmajo.
The fighting is sparked by a power struggle, after Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni issued a presidential decree on November 24 appointing him as the new director of the PSF, but the agency’s leadership rejected the appointment and dismissal. The director of the agency called it illegal.
General Mohamoud Diano, the controversial commander who ousted President Deni, on November 24, has several hundred PSF troops, equipped, trained, and financially dependent. The US Navy and the CIA have made it a viable, well-committed force that has for years protected itself from ISIS and Al Shabaab.
The situation in Bossaso is tense, with businesses closed and fears for their safety.
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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.