Somalia: August 2, 2002


Battles for control of Puntland continued between militias of Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and Jama Ali Jama. So far, at least 17 have been killed and more than twice that number wounded. Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed  was the first president of Puntland (established in 1998), and refuses to be replaced by  Jama Ali Jama, who was recently elected as the new president by a council of tribal elders. Puntland was peaceful and prosperous until the current power struggle broke out. 





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