SOMALIA: War planes strike Somalia’s Bari region, 2 fisher men wounded
By; Abdalle Ahmed
BOSASSO (RBC) At least two Somali fishermen were wounded in the old coastal district of Gumbah, which is 200km east of Bosasso, the capital of Bari region in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland, RBC Radio reports.
The strike which occurred on midnight of Monday targeted boats on the coast of the district wounding two people, Gure Ali Daad who is the permanent secretary of the district commissioner told RBC Radio by phone.
“The air strike begun late on the night about 1.00 p.m (local time), two planes targeted fisher men returning from the coast. Two fishermen were injured.” Gure Ali Daad said.
“We heard at least two bombardments, we could not identify where the planes from, because they had no lights.” He added.
Mr. Daad denied that his district hosted the pirates operating in Puntland coastal districts where they usually hold ships and receive ransom money.
RBC Radio correspondent in Bosaasso says the wounded fisher men, one of them in critical condition were brought to Bosasso main hospital.
Meanwhile the Fishermen in the district have reportedly suspended operation due to fears of future attacks.
The minister of ports and fisheries of Puntland state Said Mohamed Rageh has confirmed the air strike but said that he could not provide further details.
“The government is gathering the information and we will reveal details soon.” Mr Rageh said.