GALKAYO, Somalia Sep 25 2012 (Garowe
Online) – Puntland’s Deputy Police Commissioner, Col. Muhyadin stated that Galkayo’s
security has improved drastically during the past months, Garowe Online
Col. Muhyadin Ahmed Muse gave an interview to
BBC Somali Service on Tuesday 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
The Puntland government sent the
Deputy Police Commissioner and a contingent of police forces to reinforce
security in the region after a spike in murders and crime, including bombings and targeted assassinations.
According to the Col. and other
Puntland officials, pirates who inhabited the city of Galkayo fled after the
Puntland forces' presence was felt.
Mudug police forces prior to the
intervention lacked adequate vehicles, equipment and communications; however since the arrival of
Col. Muhyadin police forces in Mudug region have received better equipment and reinforcements.
“There were shortages of equipment and
communications but now we have filled the gaps and restored confidence and
morale among the forces. Our motto is: 'Galkayo yesterday and Galkayo today," Col. Muhyadin added.
“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 and we thank the public for their support and cooperation,” 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