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Somaliland and Puntland forces clash in Saanag
Africa

Somaliland and Puntland forces clash in Saanag

Tensions between Somaliland and Puntland are high especially in Sanaag region where fighting broke out between troops from both states. The conflict is mainly politically motivated as both states seek control over the region that separate them and as such triggering fighting between the two sides. Somaliland forces released a statement that said Puntland forces attacked the governor of Lass Qoray –which is under Somaliland- launching an assassination attempt thus prompting a retaliation from them. Tensions between the two states have been rising and in the past led to casualties on both sides and as such it is crucial that the two seek out diplomatic solutions to the crisis. Such tensions have in the past impeded a swift response to militants such as al shabaab and most recently the Islamic State Somalia active in Puntland and believed to be expanding into other states in Somalia.