Those who worry about Puntland with regards to terrorist activities need to be briefed for they lack basic information about Puntland stability and security situation. Al-Shabab has no support among the residents of Puntland and therefore the extremists have no foot-hold in urban centres of the State, unlike South-Central Somalia. There may be certain and limited sleeping cells here and there, which may carry out occasional assassinations.

Security forces already have enough detailed information on last night’s terrorist operation in Garowe, and this would lead to swift security operations that may uncover other leads that enhance the State’s capacity for counter-insurgent competency.


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Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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