Mogadishu(Mogadishu center) Soldiers defected from Somaliland administration surrendered themselves to Putland forces in Hadhwanaag area in Sool region.
A spokesperson for Putland Dervish forces said 110 soldiers armed with battle wagons defected from Gacan libaax brigade of Somaliland joined Puntland state.
Puntland TV has aired images of troops said to have deserted from Somaliland. Abdi Abdullah the commander of the renegade troops said Somaliland troops were in Sool region because of his allegiance, and they will be dislodged from the region, he told Puntland TV.
The governor of Bari region Afweyne congratulated the defectors, adding that they will take part the ongoing efforts to root Somaliland troops out of Sool region.
The dispute between Puntland and Somaliland over Sool and Sanaag regions has led to several armed confrontations between the two states in the past.