18 November 2012

Somalia: Puntland Forces Seize Alcohol Stash in Northern Galka'yo

Galka'yo — Police in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland have seized more than 91 bottles of alcoholic drinks that smugglers were seeking to bring into its region.

Police carried out operations in Bur-Salah village located in the central region of Mudug netted several people over the banned substance during raids on Saturday night, according to local sources.

Government officials said they also arrested others in connection with security operations. They added they will stand trial in a criminal court in the coming days.

Puntland officials said alcohol usage in major towns was on the rise and most of the alcohol has been smuggled in from neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.

The consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden throughout Somalia, where the people are entirely of Muslim population. Every year police announce alcohol seizures.

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