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April 13, 2010

Riots at a Hargeisa football stadium leaves many injured

Filed under: NEWS — somaliland247 @ 4:31 pm

Riots at a Somaliland football stadium leaves many injured

12/04/2010: Hargeisa,Somaliland – At least one person has been seriously wounded and several others were injured in riots at a football stadium in the capital city of the Republic of Somaliland, Hargeisa.

Eye witness accounts say that a little while after a football match kicked off, heavily armed police stormed the stadium and ordered fans and the players out of the stadium, because the government did not authorize the match.

Reports say that police used bullets at the fans as a result, an old man was seriously wounded.

For the past three days, football competitions arranged by the Kulmiye opposition party have been taking place at the Hargeisa football stadium which the government said they had no permission.

Kulmiye party authorities however said that they had permission from Somaliland’s Youth and Sports minister whom the police said had ordered them to stop the competition which cannot be compatible with the country’s policy and  politically motivated.


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