Tensions High in Bosaso After Puntland Authorities Threatened Offensive to Quell Soldier Mutiny

Puntland troops

GAROWE (Somaliguardian) – Tensions are still high in the coastal town of Bosaso in northeastern Somalia’s Bari region after Puntland authorities threatened an offensive against army mutineers it claims to have been organized by Somali federal government.

The governor of Bari region said on Thursday authorities were preparing an offensive to quell the mutiny and thwart anti-security efforts, after dozens of military vehicles ferrying troops entered the town over the past days.

Regional forces and the mutineers have taken up new positions in the town of Bosaso, where residents have begun to flee their neighborhoods due to fear of clashes.

Road traffic of cities in the region with the coastal town have also been suspended and dozens of vehicles were seen stranded in the nearby town of Armo after they had been told not to continue their trip until further notice.

Efforts by regional elders and politicians to mediate an end to the tensions, nominally over president Saeed Deni’s dismissal of the commander of US-trained elite force Mohamud Osman, have come to no avail.

Deni insisted on keeping his promise to the people of Puntland to ensure that armed forces do not remain in the hands of families or individuals, and said he would not tolerate activities that are hampering region’s security. Meanwhile, sacked PSF commander continued his defiance of the president’s decree and still refuse to leave the post.

Dozens of troops with military vehicles are seen at the main streets of Bosaso and inside the neighborhoods, and residents raise fear that clashes could break out any time if both sides fail to end their differences through dialogue.

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