Two semi-autonomous areas of northern Somalia have largely avoided the violence that’s plagued the rest of the country for decades. Now oil exploration may change that, according to the United Nations.
Semi-autonomous Puntland has barred Somali’s officials from entering its territory, as a row between the country and Mogadishu escalated, Reuters said, citing Puntland’s deputy Interior Minister Ali Gab Yusu.
Officials from the U.K. and Somalia’s Puntland region are in talks about oil reserves in the north eastern part of the African country, the Observer reported, citing an interview with Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi, minister for international cooperation in the state of Puntland.
Authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in northern Somalia shut down two private television stations after saying they aired reports that jeopardized national security, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.