The newly formed joint security forces in Galkayo are reported to have carried out an operation in the divided city amid reports of possible Al-Shabaab attacks. Radio Shabelle's reporter in the city says the troops began the search operation after receiving an Intelligence information about a significant threat to the security.
Local authorities confirmed that the soldiers from Puntland and Galmudug states are ready to thwart any attack against the peace and stability of the central town. Galkayo which straddles the border between Puntland and Galmudug has been relatively calm over the past few months due to the routine operations by the joint task forces.
Al-Shabaab militants have in the past carried out numerous attacks in the city, including assassinations targeting security force members and parliamentarians.