Gunmen and Somaliland military police clashed on Wednesday (April 10th) after gunmen attacked an official convoy near Burao, resulting in the death of a police officer and a gunman.
Three gunmen ambushed the vehicles of Minister of Livestock Abdi Aw Dahir, Togdheer Governor Ahmed Omer Haji Abdullahi and Burao Mayor Mohamed Yusuf Murad, according to Director General of the Ministry of Livestock Mohamud Ahmed Agaweyne.
The officials were returning from inaugurating a project to create enclosed grazing grounds for livestock during the dry seasons in the Aroori plains, 15 kilometres southwest of Burao. “The gunmen were protesting the enclosures the ministry was creating to benefit livestock during droughts and also to treat livestock,” Agaweyne told Sabahi
One captured gunman and the two bodies were taken to Burao, Dahir said. The third gunman escaped.
Dahir sent condolences to the family and relatives of the officer who died.