Puntland says Somaliland troops have ‘invaded’ its territory

Puntland

HARGEISA (Somaliguardian) – Puntland regional state in Somalia said on Thursday troops of neighboring Somaliland have invaded its territory amid reports of tensions building up along disputed border between the two regions.

Puntland Minister of Aviation Ilyas Lugator said a military convoy of 45 vehicles accompanied by Somaliland governor of Sool region had entered the contested town of Bo’ame, in what he called a violation of his region’s sovereignty.

Reports from the region suggested on Thursday that both sides were building up troops amid fear raised over renewed clashes between the two regions.

Somaliland has not yet commented on the recent developments in Sool region. The break-away region is grappling with political crisis fueled by the incumbent President’s alleged attempts to delay a presidential election scheduled for Nov. 13.

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