Fierce clashes broke out on Monday between Somaliland troops and separatist rebels in Sool’s Hudun district, about 60 kilometres north of the main Las Anod town. It is believed several hundred rebels have been stationed in Hudun since June 2010.
Reports in the area said troops repelled an attack by the rebel Khaatumo early Monday, inflicting “heavy” casualties. They added the clash lasted less than an hour and the troops, who were in full control, conducting searches in the area.
The situation is said to be tense with many fearing recurrence of further skirmishes in the relatively peaceful district.