SOMALIA: Police deputy-chief gunned down in Puntland
LAS ANOD — The deputy police Commissioner of Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia, was gunned down in the city of Garowe, an official said.
Col. Abdullahi Salah Nadalo, was inside the premises of a local hotel on Monday evening when unidentified individuals on foot approached him and opened fire on him.
The 54-year-old was shot multiple times with pistols according to a Puntland official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to press. He added the colonel was gunned down in the presence of several people but the assassins managed to flee by foot.
The state of Puntland is regarded as a key safe-haven for maritime piracy in the region and officials in Garowe believe the incident was a piracy-related violence.
The death of Nadalo comes just 48-hours after a district judge was shot dead in the central town of Galkayo, a town disputed by Puntland and its southern neighbour Galmudug State.
So far more than 30 officials have been killed in similar incidents across Puntland region in this year so far, half of which were tribal elders.
July 3, 2012