Puntland soldiers protest in Garowe over unpaid wages




MOGADISHU –Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland soldiers went on strike on Saturday in Garowe town, blocking roads and forcing businesses to close in protest over unpaid salaries.

The disgruntled Puntland military soldiers took the control of Gen. Mohamed Abshir airport in the town.

The soldiers who went strike have returned frontier of Tukaraq area where Puntland soldiers and Somaliland forces have been fighting for many years.

Non-payment of wages is commonplace, leading to low morale, amid fighting against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab and Islamic State groups in Somalia.

There was no immediate comment from Puntland authorities over its soldiers’ strike.

Somalia has been mired in violence and lawlessness since early 1990s when dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled.