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Somaliland Police criticized for Lasanod killings

Lasanod December 30, 2022 (SD) – Riots have been reported for the fourth day in Lasanod City, Sool Region, where violent protests have been going on for the past few days.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that the Somaliland police shot stone-throwing protesters who blocked parts of the city and are chanting slogans against Muse Bihi’s administration.

Two people, including prominent Sheikh, Bidde Farah Aalin, were killed today in Lasanod after police shot at rioters. Eyewitnesses said that more than 10 people were injured by the Somaliland army, and are currently being treated at Lasanod hospitals.

Somaliland has sent additional troops to the city to stop the protest and ordered Internet services to be suspended temporarily.

Former heads of the central government of Somalia have criticized Somaliland’s actions in Lasanod.

Former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, and former Prime Ministers Hassan Ali Khaire, Omar Rasheed, and Abdiweli Gas issued a joint statement condemning the killings and called on Somaliland to protect the rights, safety, and honor of the Somali people.

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