Local police lacked sufficient transport, trained personnel and communications equipment to provide reasonable protection to the foreigners. The week before, as part of a security crackdown after the murder of a British couple on October 20, Somaliland ordered all foreigners without permits to leave within 45 days. - Adam Geibel
Somaliland officials urged foreign aid workers and UN staff to advise them of their travel plans, as they tried to tighten security in the area following a spate of killings. Over the past six weeks, four international aid workers have been murdered in Somalia (three of them in Somaliland).