Gunmen and Somaliland military police clashed
on Wednesday (April 10th) after gunmen attacked an official convoy near
Burao, resulting in the death of a police officer and a gunman.
Three gunmen ambushed the vehicles of Minister of Livestock Abdi Aw
Dahir, Togdheer Governor Ahmed Omer Haji Abdullahi and Burao Mayor
Mohamed Yusuf Murad, according to Director General of the Ministry of
Livestock Mohamud Ahmed Agaweyne.
The officials were returning from inaugurating a project to create
enclosed grazing grounds for livestock during the dry seasons in the
Aroori plains, 15 kilometres southwest of Burao. "The gunmen were
protesting the enclosures the ministry was creating to benefit livestock
during droughts and also to treat livestock," Agaweyne told Sabahi
One captured gunman and the two bodies were taken to Burao, Dahir said. The third gunman escaped.
Dahir sent condolences to the family and relatives of the officer who died.