Somalia’s Puntland says 53 terror and piracy suspects arrested
Jul 31, 2012 - 12:44:19 PM
says 53 terror and piracy suspects arrested
GALKAYO, Somalia 31
July 2012 (Garowe Online) - Government forces have arrested 53 persons
suspected of links to terrorism and piracy crimes in Puntland State of Somalia,
according to a statement from Puntland Ministry of Security, Garowe Online
The Ministry’s press release stated that the operation is “part
of an extensive security campaign” and that the suspects arrested included Al
Shabaab terror group members, piracy financiers, and suspected associates of
notorious pirate kingpin Isse Yuluh, wanted by Puntland authorities.
The statement indicated that Puntland’s government has “intensified
security operations since the 11 July 2012 kidnapping of three Kenyan aid workers
near Galkayo,” Puntland’s second largest city located at the state’s boundary
with erstwhile chaotic regions in south-central Somalia.
“Puntland police are conducting thorough investigations
regarding these cases,” concluded the press statement issued by Puntland
Ministry of Security.
Government officials in Puntland have repeatedly accused Al
Shabaab terror group of organizing targeted killings of prominent individuals
in Puntland, while officials also accuse pirates of increasing the
proliferation of small arms and related violence.