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Yusuf (Yussuf) was elected by elders in Puntland. Yusuf was later
challenged by Jama Ali Jama.
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A7)
2001 Nov 25, Ethiopia sent
troops into the northeastern Somali region of Puntland to help Col.
Abdullahi Yussuf (Yusuf) regain power. Yussuf was overthrown Aug 26
after his 3-year term ended. On Nov 21 Yussuf launched an attack on
Garoweh, the capital of Puntland and said it was to crush Islamic
(SFC, 11/26/01, p.A11)(WSJ, 11/28/01, p.A10)
2005 Aug 31, Some 200 Somalis
and Ethiopians left Somalia's semiautonomous Puntland region in two
boats. Smugglers making the illegal crossing from Somalia to Yemen
forced passengers into the Red Sea at gunpoint 10 miles from the
Yemeni coastline, leaving at least 57 dead and about 100 missing.
2006 Nov 20, Gen. Addeh Museh,
the president of the semiautonomous region of Puntland, said he will
rule according to Islamic law, a surprising move in a relatively
stable area that has resisted the spread of Islamic militants who
control most of southern Somalia.
2008 Oct 29, In northern
Somalia 5 suicide car bombs attacks killed 28 people in Hargeisa,
the capital of Somaliland, and in Bosasso, Puntland. Somali
authorities arrested Cleric Sheik Mohamed Ismail in connection with
(AP, 10/30/08)(SFC, 10/30/08, p.A4)
2009 Nov 11, In Somalia gunmen
in Bossaso killed High Court Judge Mohamed Abdi Aware, a top judge
who had sentenced many pirates and human traffickers to long jail
terms. 3 men were arrested the next day over the killing. Puntland
legislator Ibrahim Ilmi Warsame was also shot dead as he sat in a
restaurant with friends.
2011 Sep 2, Puntland soldiers
raided neighborhoods searching for gunmen linked to Al
Qaeda-inspired Shebab militants. At least 21 people were killed and
31 others wounded in two days of heavy fighting on the border of
Somalia proper and the breakaway state of Puntland.
2012 Feb 18, Somalia's
disparate leaders agreed on the basic structure of a new parliament
and government to replace the fragile transitional body that has
failed to bring peace to the war-torn country. The accord proposed a
parliamentary system for anarchic Somalia, with both Puntland and
Galmudug recognized as states within a federal system.
2012 Jun 28, In Dubai Somali
President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his counterpart Ahmed Mohamed
Silanyo of Somaliland agreed to boost cooperation between their
different factions. The two men signed the "Dubai Charter" in the
presence of the leaders of Puntland and Galmudug, two
self-proclaimed autonomous regions in Somalia.
2012 Jul 20, Puntland security
forces of the semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia seized a
boat carrying weapons that were being smuggled from al-Qaida
militants in Yemen to fighters in Somalia.
2012 Dec 23, Puntland forces,
after a two-week siege, captured back the Panamanian-flagged MV
Iceburg 1 and rescued 22 hostages who had been held by pirates since
May 29, 2010. The hijackers had killed a Yemeni sailor who tried to
escape. The pirates near the coastal village of Gara’ad escaped.
(SFC, 12/24/12, p.A2)(AP, 12/29/12)
2013 Feb 11, Somali police said
a suicide car bomb attack targeting a senior Puntland police
commander in Galkayo killed only the bomber.
2013 Apr 30, In the Puntland
region of Somalia 13 prisoners were executed by firing squad on the
outskirts of Bossaso. One soldier who helped carry out the execution
died after being struck by an errant bullet fired by a colleague.
2013 Jul 7, In Somalia
journalist Liban Abdullahi Farah was gunned down in Galkayo,
Puntland province. He was the 6th journalist to die violently in
Somalia this year.
(Econ, 8/3/13, p.44)(http://tinyurl.com/oafs6e7)
2013 Nov 9, A tropical cyclone
hit Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region. As many as 300 people
were feared dead. Hundreds remained unaccounted for as the
government and declared a natural disaster emergency.
(Reuters, 11/11/13)(AFP, 11/13/13)
2013 Dec 5, In Somalia at least
8 people were killed when a suicide car bomber rammed a convoy in
the northern port of Bossasso, a Puntland region harboring
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents where tensions are high ahead of
elections in January.
2014 Jan 8, Officials in the
semi-autonomous Somalia region of Puntland confirmed Abdiweli
Mohammed Ali Gaas, a former Somali prime minister, as the region's
(AP, 1/8/14)(AFP, 1/8/14)
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