Army forces of two semi-autonomous areas in Somalia clashed on Monday over a disputed border city.
Local media reported that fierce combating erupted in Tukaraq town in Sool area between Somali-land and Punt-land armies wherein the former took control of the city.
The 2 warring sides didn’t report any casualties.
Puntland accused Somaliland of “aggression” and claimed that the transfer was supposed to jeopardise the visit by Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. President Farmajo started his visit in Puntland on Sunday, the first since he took office in February last yr.
“Due to the blatant aggression, we’re stopping the passage of autos from Puntland to Somali-land,” the regional commissioner of Nugal area in Puntland, Mr Omar Abdullahi Faraweyne, informed journalists.
In a press release, Somali-land authorities accused the Somali federal authorities of “incitement” saying its motion may set off hostilities.
Somali-land’s Minister of Info, Abdirahman Abdillahi Guri-Barwaqo, pointed to a current visit to Sanaag, another disputed area alongside the border, by Somalia’s minister of Planning and Puntland’s Security minister, accusing them of “inciting speeches”.
“Somali-land and its folks declare that they won’t tolerate such conditions and they’re able to defend their security and their nation,” Mr Gur-Barwaqo told the BBC.
Somali-land and Puntland each declare possession of Sool and Sanaag areas that lie between them.
Somali-land declared independence from the rest of Somalia in May 1991 and doesn’t have any relations with the Somali federal authorities. However it has but to realize any formal international recognition as a sovereign state.