SOMALIA: Clashes in Hargeisa wound five civilians
HARGEISA (RBC) At least five civilians, three of them in serious condition were wounded after armed clashes erupt between Somaliland police and residents in Hargeisa who protested against ban on building illegal houses in the centre of the town, RBC Radio reports.
The clashes broke out on Sunday after the local police attempted to ban from residents in Dumbuluq village setting up new houses in Inji area where the government already issued order of ban.
Armed conflict between the police and the residents urging the ownership of the land has reportedly resulted five civilians to be hospitalized for bullet injuries.
Dozens of people were also detained late on Sunday as other residents begun demonstration in the town deploring the use of force by the police.
Meanwhile the interior minister of Somalia’s breakaway administration of Somaliland Mohamed Arale Dur who reached the place shortly after the clashes ended called for calm as he demanded the residents to return to their homes without violence.
The situation has been calm today as the police were keeping guard on the disputed building.