Three killed as rival troops clash in Bossaso

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At least three Puntland soldiers were killed and several others, including civilians, wounded when rival Puntland forces clashed in Bossaso on Friday.

The clash occurred along the coast of Bossaso, 1,500km northeast of Mogadishu, and is said to be sparked by pre-existing heightened tensions between police and Puntland Security Forces (PSF), an anti-terror unit.

Officials from security services and administration have yet to comment on the incident, which has reignited tensions in Bossaso.

In December 2021, at least 14 people were killed, and 63 others were injured following two days of intense fighting between the two security forces in the commercial port town of Bosaso.

The dispute started after the president of Puntland, Said Abdullahi Deni, firedPSF commander Mohamoud Osman Diyano on November 24. Diyano rejected the sacking, saying it was “interference” with the unit.

In early March, Puntland’s President reappointed Diano as the PSF Commander.

After an independent review of the weapons involved in the conflict, VICE news revealed that US-made weapons – including mortars –  directly supplied to the CIA-created Puntland Security Force (PSF) were used in the conflict.

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