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Issue 354 / 1st November 2008


Suicide bombers strike in Somaliland


Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

Front Page
News Headlines
Gitmo Detainee Transferred To Somaliland
UNICEF Deplores Stoning Of Child Rape Victim
Somalia Government Seeks Control Of .So Domain
Ethiopia Issues Terror Warning
Child Of 13 Stoned To Death In Somalia
Somalia : Yes We Can!
A Philanthropic UAE Sheikh Sends Assistance To The Victims Of Hargeysa Bombing
Local and Regional Affairs
Obama Win Brings Hope To Africa , Church Leaders Say
DC Circuit Suspends Status Review For Yemeni Held At Guantanamo
New US President Offers Hope On Global Poverty, Says Progressio
Former Somali Prime Minister To Turn For Puntland President
Somalia 's Sheikh Sharif To Step Down As Islamic Courts Chief
Pentagon Transfers 3 From Guantánamo Prison Camps
North Yorkshire Force Plays Host To Foreign Officers Including Somaliland 's
DR Congo Violence Tops Monthly Report
SOMALIA : UN And Local Elders Slam Aid Worker Kidnap
Obama's Election
Supporting Somaliland's Democracy Against The Terror Act ?
Somaliland & Unisa's Department of Religious Studies represented at London 's 2008 Think Tank of the
Features & Commentry
Speech Of Kerry McCarthy At The Somali Gang And Knife Conference In Bristol
Africa In An Obama Administration
Horn Of Africa 's Challenges Grow
A Land Of Opportunity
International News
Obama Meets With Economic Experts For Advice
Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf Elected To The International Court Of Justice For A Term Of Nine Years
‘Don't Go To Cops Or I Will Kill You'
Obama's Kenyan Grandmother Says Will Attend Inauguration
At First News Conference, Obama Promises Stimulus Push
Obama: Getting A Family Dog Isn't Easy


The Presence Of The UN In Somaliland Is For The Benefits Of International Employees
An American Grandma Anxiously Awaiting Elections Results In Cowpens , South Carolina
Hargeysa 29/10 Suicide Bombings: Explanations?
We Stand United - The Diaspora Grieve Over Wednesday's Attacks
Somaliland - Growing Stronger As A State Within A State
Sympathy To The Victims Of The Recent Terrorists' Attacks In Somaliland From South Africa
EXCLUSIVE: Somalia 's Islamists Up Close and Personal

Investigators Of The Oct 29 Terrorist Attack Report Progress In Identifying Suspects Including Holder Of American Green Card

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 8, 2008 (SL Times) – Somaliland officials investigating the triple car bombing attacks that shook Hargeysa on October 29, 2008 are reporting of making progress in identifying a number of people who may have been involved in some aspects of the planning, preparation and execution of the blasts.

For example the person who rented the 3 houses where the suicide bombers stayed before carrying out their attacks has been identified as a Habar-Gidir man called Abdifatah Gutale.

According to investigators Mr. Gutale was also responsible for the purchase of the 3 Toyota Surf 4 wheel-drive vehicles which carried the improvised explosives used in the attacks.

Although Gutale is believed to have returned to Somalia shortly before the October 29 attacks took place, however according to sources close to the investigators, the police already arrested some people who may have collaborated with him on the preparations for the 3 attacks.

“The information obtained by the police was expected to help them narrow down the clans and geographical areas from which the perpetrators, including the suicide bombers, have originated” a knowledgeable source has told the Somaliland Times.

29 people were killed and over 30 got wounded as a result of the terrorist blasts which hit the Somaliland presidential palace, the Ethiopian embassy and the offices of the United Nations Development Program in Hargeysa.

No one has officially claimed responsibility for the attacks. However the operation bore all the hallmarks of Al-Shabab, a Somalia terrorist organization linked to Al-Qaida.

In fact as reported in the Somaliland media on last week, Al-Shabab leaders in Kismayo were heard congratulating each other for the Hargeysa attacks.

Despite the progress being made in the investigations, the probe is expected to take longer than usual due to lack of forensic expertise, a number of sources said.

The attacks seem to have united Somalilanders against Al-Shabab.

More and more religious leaders are now coming forward to renounce and speak out against terror being carried out in the name of Islam, declaring them as violation of the true teachings of the religion.

The condemnation of terrorism and the strong sense of defiance shown by the local population has so far pulled the rug from underneath Al-Shabab's feet.



Somaliland Times Newspaper: Publisher Haatuf Media Network, Published in Hargeysa, Somaliland


Editor in Chief: Yusuf Abdi Gabobe.

Assist-Editor: Abdifatah M Aideed

Somaliland Times Web Editor, Media and Technology specialist: Abdullah Mohamed Ahmed

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