Somalia’s northeastern semi-autonomous area of Puntland has began increase its Defence forces close to Tukaraq town in Sool area, a day after town was captured by Somali-land troops, Local Media reports.
Pressure has been rising within the disputed area since Monday as each side are dispatching “combat-ready” troops to the areas close to Tukaraq, about 86Km west of Garowe, Puntland state capital.
Nugal Governor Omar Abdullahi Faraweyne has announced that Puntland has suspended all public transport autos from or going to Somali-land on account of the renewed tension and present troop build-up.
Faraweyne said the principle getway between Las Anod and Garowe will stay closed till additional notice and is simply permitted for Puntland Protection Force [PDF] units and authorities motorcades.
The Puntland authorities blamed the self-declared republic of Somaliland for launching an offensive on its territory to disrupt the historic visit of Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to the area.
In an announcement launched by the state Presidency on Monday, January eight, Puntland has vowed to reply “within the severest methods attainable” to the Somaliland invasion of Tukaraq city.
Somali-land’s Minister of Info Abdirahman Abdullahi Farah (Guri-Barwaqo) informed reporters in Hargeisa metropolis on Monday that his administration stands firm to defend any assault from Puntland.
Farah has, alternatively, accused Somali Federal Authorities of triggering the present hostilities after sending its planning Minister Gamal Mohamed Hassan to the area last week.
The Federal Minister, together with a high-level delegation from Puntland, visited Badhan city in Sanaag area on a mission aimed toward how federal authorities services may be prolonged to the area and getting first-hand data on the scenario of the native folks.
The Minster’s unannounced visit angered by Somali-land as he became the highest Somali Federal official to go to the area since the collapse of the central authorities in 1991.
Sool and Sanaag areas in northern Somalia have been contested areas between Somali-land and Puntland for more than a decade as the 2 administrations are combating over control.