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Qardho police commander shot dead by drug dealers

Wednesday June 15, 2022

Garowe (HOL) - Drug gangs killed the commander of Qardho police station in Puntland's Karkar region, Omar Hiraad Kaatum, following a shooting in Qardho on Wednesday.

The commander succumbed to his severe injuries. The perpetrators fled the scene, and security forces are investigating the incident to apprehend the culprits.

Residents said clashes between Puntland authorities and drug dealers have resulted in multiple casualties.

Puntland leaders have yet to commend the killing of the Qardho town police commander.

On Friday, at least three Puntland soldiers were killed and several others, including civilians, wounded when rival Puntland forces clashed in Bossaso. The clash occurred along the coast of Bossaso, 1,500km northeast of Mogadishu.

The fighting was sparked by pre-existing heightened tensions between police and Puntland Security Forces (PSF), an anti-terror unit.


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