GALKAYO, Somalia Aug 13 2012 (Garowe Online) – Puntland forces
repelled an attack by armed pirates on the Galkayo central jail station early Sunday
afternoon, Garowe Online reports.
Pirates equipped with automatic guns attacked the Galkayo
central station in a bid to forcefully free fellow pirates who were apprehended
in a raid by Puntland security forces that netted over 40 people related to
insecurity in the region.
Puntland forces repelled the attack wounding two of the
pirates who along with others were captured while a few fled the scene after
failing to break free their comrades.
Governor of Mudug region, Mohamed Yusuf Tigey and Mayor of
Galkayo, Saeed Abdi Farah held a press conference in Galkayo on Monday about the
attack on the central jail station on Sunday.
The two officials said that one of the pirates, who were
captured in Sunday’s attack, was one of the kidnappers of the three aid workers
who were kidnapped near the town of Ba’adweyn last month.
Governor Tigey gave a stark warning to pirates and their
supporters, to either quit their lives as pirates and financiers or be subject
to arrest and detention.
Puntland have increased security in the capital of Mudug
region, Galkayo, after a string of attacks and kidnapping have occurred in and
around the city.
The security efforts amounted in over 40 arrests that
included alleged Al Shabaab agents, pirates and financiers.