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Vol 64 No 4

Published 16th February 2023


Hargeisa's bloody own goal

Somaliland's military assault on Las Anod looks like an over-reaction by the state government and could scupper its independence ambitions

After Hargeisa's security forces reacted to peaceful protests in Las Anod in December and January by shooting marchers dead, some thought the situation would calm – but the opposite has occurred and over 200 people are believed to have been killed so far in a massive escalation of the fighting, including shelling by government artillery. The government claims it is fighting Al Shabaab in Las Anod, which local sources deny.

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