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Thursday, 19 September, 2002, 20:33 GMT 21:33 UK
Somali's Puntland region detains Ethiopians
Police in the breakaway Somali territory of Puntland say they have arrested more than 100 people for entering the area illegally.

They say most of the detainees are Ethiopians waiting to travel to Yemen and Saudi Arabia in search of work.

Speaking by telephone from the port town of Bossaso, police chief Jama Ali Farah told the French AFP news agency that those arrested would soon be taken to court.

Puntland declared itself autonomous from the rest of Somalia in 1998 after the collapse of Siad Barre's regime in 1991 plunged the country into bloodletting.

In recent months, political in-fighting has intensified in Puntland as two militia factions continued to battle it out for territory and political influence in the area.


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