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Suspicion as 40 sport utility trucks unload at Puntland port

Issue 326
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Agriculture, Public Works And Interior Ministers Plotting Appropriation Of Haatuf Premises

Foreign Minister Dualle Faces Strong Criticism After Accusing Donors Of Interference

The Donor Statement That Angered The Somaliland Government

Meles Zenawi: An Impatient Ally

The Somaliland President trip Washington: "The Most successful one"

Somaliland Offers High Risk For Big Potential Gains

Is Somaliland A Tinderbox Waiting To Explode?

Suspicion as 40 sport utility trucks unload at Puntland port

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Insecurity Choking Off Aid Work In Puntland Region: Donors

Man shot 'for Christian beliefs'

Djibouti Hunts For Abuse Suspects

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The Inconvenient Truth About Immigration: Rageh Omaar Asks Was Enoch Powell Right?

A Hint Of Hope For A Broken Country

Dilemmas Of The Horn

The Misfortunes Of Somalia

Separatist Movements - Should Nations Have A Right To Self-Determination?

High food prices threaten stability in the Arab world

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NSPU (Or ASSC-S): You Can Run But You Cannot Hide

Kosovo And Somaliland: The Impossible Equation-III

Silence Today, Is To Betray Somaliland

'I Was A Good Gestapo' Says Somaliland Minister

Somaliland Needs A Political Revolution

Is There A Similarity Between Dahir Riyale And Mugabe?

 

Somali militia

BOSSASO, Somalia Apr 14 2008 - A ship from the United Arab Emirates has been docked at the northern Somali port of Bossaso where security forces unloaded at least 40 Toyota sport utility vehicles over the past two days, confidential sources tell Garowe Online.

Port employees who chose to remain anonymous said the trucks were unloaded "free of charge" by senior officials from the Puntland Intelligence Agency (PIS), the reportedly CIA-funded intelligence arm of the Puntland regional government.

The vehicles were transported to the Bossaso home of an individual named Liban Muse Bogor, a relative of Puntland President Adde Muse, the sources said.

Mr. Bogor, a citizen of Canada, is a member of the board of directors of Range Resources, Ltd., a small mining company based in Australia that claims exploration rights to Puntland after signing a controversial deal in 2005 with President Muse.

In Somalia, sport utility vehicles are equipped with heavy artillery weapons and transformed to armored trucks known locally as "technicals" – war-torn Somalia's version of a tank.

It is not clear why the Puntland administration has imported these Toyota trucks at this time, but local residents remain suspicious about the hidden motives of the Puntland leadership.

Some unconfirmed reports suggested that foreign companies with interests to explore in Puntland have paid local rulers money to buy more weapons, presumably to suppress local resistance to the controversial exploration plans of Puntland leaders and their foreign partners.

Other reports said that the Muse administration is attempting to rebuild its security forces and restore order after an unprecedented rise in criminal activities, including piracy, human trafficking and shootings.

Source: Garowe Online

 


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