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Somaliland President Sacks Military Chief
Mohamed Abdulahi Xasan Jidhif Fired Amid Battles with Khatumo
By JD 02/09/2012
Somaliland President Silanyo
Somalia Report
Somaliland President Silanyo

Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Silaanyo) reshuffled his security officials by sacking the chief commander of military forces, Mohamed Abdulaahi Hassan Jidhif, and replacing him with Isma’il Mohamed Hassan Shaqale, according to an official statement.

Sources close to President Silanyo told Somalia Report that reshuffling comes after Jidhif and President Silanyo disagreed on security affairs during a meeting on Wednesday night in Hargeisa.

An official in Hargiesa who requested anonymity said the rift came about after Somaliland's military troops failed to enter Buuhoodle and seize, which is now in the control of the newly established Khautmo state militia.

Local residents who spoke to Somalia Report also confirmed the decision.

“We heard this decision this evening and people are talking about this tonight. Some of the people welcome the change while others oppose it, but everyone knows it is related to Buuhoodle fighting,” said Abdurisak Mohamed, a resident of Hargeisa.

Somaliand troops attack Khatumo militia fighters in late January and the militia fought back by attacking Somaliland forces late yesterday.