Somaliland:One Prison Officer Killed in a Foiled Prison Escape


By Goth Mohamed Goth

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Hon Hussein Ahmed Aideed in an interview with BBC Somali language services regarding a foiled prison break at the Hargeisa maximum security prison involving Terror and Pirates convicts today.

One prison guard was killed and another one seriously wounded after been shot by unspecified number of prisoners who tried to escape from the Hargeisa maximum security prison today in the evening but were later caught by security forces.

Somaliland Justice Minister in a press briefing today said , “Four convicts using smuggled in weapons killed one prison guard and seriously wounding other during an attempted prison break earlier today , two whom were charged with Terror related crimes while the other two were convicted pirates and we are currently holding a number of people  who are suspected of aiding and abetting the convicts.

Most of the inmates at the prison run by Somaliland custodial corps and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are serving time made piracy and terror related charges with roughly 12 of the Hargeisa prison’s inmates being members of Al Shabab.

Ironically, pirate prisons may also be generating new security risks. Pirates in Hargeisa and Bosaso are held in the same facilities as members of Al Shabab, the Somali group with ties to Al Qaida, and juveniles are housed alongside adults. That means there’s a very real risk that impressionable, disillusioned young men could be radicalized.


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