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Muslim Cleric Arrested In Somali Bombings

Issue 354
Front Page
Index
News Headlines
Message Of The UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator To Somalis
Local and Regional Affairs
Muslim Cleric Arrested In Somali Bombings
Massive Security Deployment In Somaliland As Death Toll Rises
UN Staff In Somalia Mourn Loss Of Colleagues Killed In Deadly Blast
Ban Deplores ‘Outrageous' Attack On UN Office And Other Sites In Northern Somalia
Mark Malloch-Brown Condemns Attacks
Form cabinet, Somalia told
Deadly Car Bombs Hit Somaliland
Bombings Have Markings Of Al-Qaeda: US Official
FIDH Condemns the Suicide Attacks in Somalia
AP IMPACT: Security Firms Join Somali Piracy Fight
Shipload of supplies escorted to Somalia
Flashback: Israeli Revealed as owner of South Sudan bound weapons ship
Editorial
 
The Terrorist Attacks On Somaliland
Supporting Somaliland's Democracy Against The Terror Act ?
Somaliland & Unisa's Department of Religious Studies represented at London 's 2008 Think Tank of the
Kenya On Heightened Terror Alert After Somaliland Bombings
Features & Commentry
Somalia 's Pirates Flourish In A Lawless Nation
‘It's A Great Time To Be A Pirate'
Somaliland Witness: 'Terrible Day'

Opinion

Somaliland Stands Firm Against Terrorism
It's Time To Take On The Gangsters Of The Sea
President Bush's Speech on Terrorism Undercut by Attacks in Somalia
Somalia 's Descent Into Chaos Predicted
Somaliland Organizations In Diaspora Condemn The Terrorist Attacks In Somaliland
Message Of Condolences And Condemnation
Will White People Riot?
The Hon Stephen Smith MP
 

BOSASSO, Somalia , Oct. 30, 2008 (UPI) -- Police said Thursday they arrested a top Muslim cleric in the breakaway Somalia region of Puntland for ties to car bombings that killed at least 29 people.

Sheik Mohamed Ismail was arrested in a raid of his home outside the port city of Bosasso , the de facto capital of Puntland's Bari administrative region. His arrest was part of an ongoing investigation of five synchronized suicide car bombings Wednesday in the autonomous Puntland and Somaliland regions, the BBC reported.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but U.S. officials said they believed the car bombings were carried out by militants linked to and trained by al-Qaida.

These were the first suicide attacks in the two relatively stable regions, the BBC reported.

Puntland is a region in northeastern Somalia whose leaders declared autonomy from Somalia in 1998. Unlike neighboring Somaliland , it does not seek outright independence.

Most of the casualties were in Hargeysa, where the presidential palace, Ethiopian consulate and United Nations offices were targeted.

Hargeysa is the largest city in Somaliland and the second largest city in Somalia after Mogadishu , the nation's capital. Foreign workers in Hargeysa were being evacuated, the BBC said.

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