25 September 2012

Somalia: Galkayo's Peaceful Resurgence

Galkayo, Somalia — Puntland's Deputy Police Commander, Col. Muhyadin stated that Galkayo's security has improved drastically during the past months, Garowe Online reports.

Col. Muhyadin Ahmed Nur gave an interview to BBC Somalia in which he stated that the capital of Mudug region, Galkayo's crime rate had been reduced.

"Honestly there has been a transformation in this city and it's visible by looking at the businesses which are open till late hours, which was uncommon for this city in the past," said Col. Muhyadin.

The Puntland government sent the Deputy Police Commander and a contingent of police and military forces to reinforce security in the region after a spike in murders and crime.

According to the Col. and other Puntland officials, pirates who inhabited the city of Galkayo fled after the Puntland's forces presence was felt.

Mudug police forces prior to the intervention lacked equipment and communications; however since the arrival of Col. Muhyadin police forces in Mudug region have received better equipment.

"There were shortages of equipment and communications but now we have filled the gaps and restored confidence and morale among the forces.

"The transformation in Galkayo that you have heard is due to the citizens' efforts to work with the Puntland Police and could not have been accomplished without them," said Col. Muhyadin.

Galkayo one of the most historic cities in Somalia had been ridden with crime over the last few years but as of late the city has been returning to its historic roots of a vibrant peaceful metropolitan.

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