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Cablegate: Attacks in Puntland and Somaliland

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RUEHDJ/AMEMBASSY DJIBOUTI PRIORITY 5432

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SUBJECT: ATTACKS IN PUNTLAND AND SOMALILAND

REF: DCM SLUTZ-OPSCTR TELCON

1. Earlier today, in seemingly coordinated attacks, bombs
exploded at public and foreign facilities in Bosaaso,
Puntland and Hargeysa, Somaliland. In Bosaaso, two Puntland
Intelligence Service (PIS) facilites were hit. In Hargeysa,
the Ethiopian mission, the UNDP office and the Somaliland
Presidential compound were hit. The bombings appear to have
been caused by vehicle-born devices. At this time, we are not
aware that any group has claimed responsibility for the
attacks. No AMCIT casualties have been reported. Ethiopian
President Meles confirmed to A/S Frazer in Nairobi (both are
here for the IGAD conference on Somalia) that three Ethiopian
officials at their mission in Hargeysa were killed. Media
reports indicate that some 22 have died and another 50 or so
were wounded in Hargeysa; we understand the French military
are medivac-ing some of the wounded to Djibouti. In Bosaaso,
we can confirm 2 PIS officials dead and 7 wounded.
RANNEBERGER

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