Protesters-security forces clash in Somaliland, killing 20

Somaliland seceded from Somalia in 1991 but has not been recognized by many countries as an independent state. The region is relatively peaceful, while Somalia has been wracked by civil war for the past three decades.

Puntland Vice President Ahmed Elmi Osman Karash blamed Somaliland’s security forces for the violence.

“What the Somaliland army has done is the indiscriminate killing of civilians,” he said over the phone.

Mahad Ambashi Elmi, senior commander of the Somaliland army, was not contacted by Reuters for comment.

Somaliland’s Information Minister, Saliban Ali Kure, on Saturday called on protesters to end their protests and enter into talks with the government.

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