Somalia: Puntland security conduct manhunt operation in Bosaso town

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Puntland state security this morning started a thorough security operation in Bosaso, a coastal port town on the Gulf of Aden in pursuit of alleged killers of a senior coastguard security officer.

The assassinated officer, Hassan Hiir was gunned down by men armed with pistols who shot dead him in a business centre in the town. The attackers escaped from the scene of crime which is adjacent to the port area.

Nearly 20 people have been arrested by the security forces.

Police officials who are leading the operation did not speak to the media so far. Similarly no official state response on the killing of the coastguard officer.

Yesterday a landmine explosion aimed at a convoy ferrying state soldiers took place on the road between Bosaso and Galgala killing one soldier attached to the department of Explosives.

Separately state president Dr. Abdiweli Ali Gaas yesterday paid a tour to the new airport in Garowe, the state capital in the company of a number of his cabinet ministers.

State minister of Aviation and Airports Ahmed Elmi Osman who spoke to the media described the sightseeing visit by the state president Dr. Gaas.

“As you know today, we have been visited by Puntland president Dr. Gaas to analyze the activities in the airport and he was really satisfied with it” said minister Osman.

The airport which is almost completed is expected to be inaugurated within this week on the 8th January 2018 coinciding with the 4th anniversary of the president Gaas’ election into office on 2014. Among the top expected guests include Somali president Mohamed Abduulahi Farmaajo, regional state leaders, federal government officials and foreign dignitaries.

President Farmaajo is assumed to be the first passenger to arrive in the newly built airport and expected to cut the inauguration ribbon on the facility.

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