Somaliland surrounds 300 rebels

2010-09-14 13:41

Mogadishu - Authorities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland say their troops have surrounded up to 300 Ethiopian rebels they say entered their territory illegally.

Somaliland's military chief Gen Elmi Robleh Furur said on Tuesday the men were part of Ethiopia's Ogaden National Liberation Front. He displayed weapons, military training manuals written in Amharic and Somali and a wad of Eritrean bank notes allegedly seized from two men who had become separated from the group.

Eritrea has long been accused of financing and supporting rebels in its much larger neighbor, Ethiopia, with whom Somaliland enjoys good relations.

Somaliland has declared itself independent of war-ravaged Somalia but is not recognized by most countries.