By Gulaid Dalha
- Somaliland forces seized Sool region of Dhahar after heavy fighting erupted in early hours on Monday according to Somaliland officials. Somaliland armed forces Commander-in-Chief Gen. Ismael Shaqale confirmed to BBC Somali service that they took over Dhahar in clean-up operation.The battle between local forces of Puntland and Somaliland forces broke out after separatist administration launched pre-planned raid on Dhahar, Sool region. The casualties on both sides remain unknown.Khaatumo seeks substantial autonomy without Somaliland and Puntland influence. It has long called for the removal of Somaliland troops from Lasanod. Somaliland militarily seized Sool regional capital of Lasanod in October 2007. Ever since, locals have been battling separatist administration’s army via guerilla warfare. Puntland and Somaliland have fought sporadic battles since 2002 over the control of territories mainly in Sool region.