Tension is mounting in northern Somalia after over hundred fighters with battlewagons took control of Buhodle town which previously controlled Khaatumo which self-declare regional state.
Residents in Buhodle town said that the militiamen who were formerly loyal to Khaatumo State have seized the town without much resistance.
Meanwhile administration of Khatumo has refuted claims that fighters have captured the city. They maintain that the city is still under their control.
The president of Khatumo, Ali Khaliif Galayr who spoke to Goobjoog News said that Khatumo forces are in the city and manning all important government premises.
“The town is in our control and no fighting occurred in the area” said Galayr.
Somaliland and Khaatumo fought in sporadic battles, largely in the disputed regions of Sool and Sanaag.
In early 2012, Somaliland suffered major setbacks following deadliest fighting in over two decades in Buhoodle.