Angry residents of Galkayo district in the Mudug region demonstrated today about the lack of security and increased instability in the region.
The demonstrators walked to the office of the Puntland administration in Galkayo and demanded answers about what officials were planning to do establish security in the area.
Commissioner of Mudug region for Puntland administration, Ahmed Ali Salad, promised the protesters that his administration will tackle the insecurity problem. “We will establish several security check points in Galkayo. Our security forces will increase their patrols,” he said.
The residents of Galkayo held the demonstration over the rising insecurity in the district. Several people including leaders of Puntland administration have been targeted in recent criminal attacks.
“We are angry because security in Galkayo is deteriorating,” said Said Ahmed, one of the demonstrators.
On Saturday, Commissioner for Galkayo Abdirahman Mohamud Hajji announced his resignation due to high insecurity in Galkayo. Mohamud said he could not do anything to change the situation and the only alternative he had was to quit. He also accused local security officials for failing to arrest gangs carrying out criminal activities in Galkayo.
On Monday this week, two people were killed and another person was injured in a clash between Puntland security officials and the local clan militia that previously seized the old Dayah military camp in Gaalkayo. The militia used the camp as a base to plan and launch attacks.
Puntland security officials accused the group of perpetuating most of the criminal activities that occurred in Galkayo.