Somaliland: Civil Aviation officials Say they have Caught Suspected Arsonist

Maxamed Xuseen

By Goth Mohamed Goth

The Deputy Managing Director of Egal International Airport, Hargeisa Mr. Mohamed Hussein Jama has given an in depth assessment of the damage caused by fire three days ago in a press statement released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The Airport MD said the fire broke out in unoccupied area where construction work was ongoing at the time and security officials are investigating out caused the fire in the first place.

The press statement read as follows –

The Egal International Airport authority would like to inform members of the public and the media of a recent fire that broke out on the 14th of April 17, 2014, in a currently unused space reserved the construction of a new departure terminal and located between the departure and arrivals terminals.

The unused area where the fire broke out was formerly occupied by a kitchen used to serve a restaurant in the airport.

The official said , “The fire didn’t cause any damage and that the fire broke out after all flights had finished for the day and airport firefighters immediately extinguished the fire which burned mostly discard wood and cardboard cartoons which were dumped at the site after the kitchen which used to occupy the space was demolished a week ago.

The exact cause of the fire is still unknown airport security officials were treating the fire as suspicious and were waiting to interview a person of interest after obtained information with assistance of footage obtained from CCTV cameras installed in all location in the airport have managed to detain and are holding in custody one restaurant employee suspected of the arson.

We hope the ongoing investigation shall produce successful results and the culprits involved in this heinous act shall be brought to justice soon.


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