ARRIVAL OF PUNTLAND MARITIME POLICE FORCE DRIVES PIRATES FROM TOWN OF ISKUSHUBAN
April 26, 2012 – Bosaso, Puntland Federal State of Somalia – The Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) recently secured the town of Iskushuban against a force of pirates. Pirates from towns as far away as Bargal, Xafuun, Qardo and Benderbayla, were congregating in Iskushuban.
The PMPF moved into Iskushban while members of the Puntland Government conducted negotiations with the elders and mayor of the town.
The pirates and associated militias, reported as numbering over 60, were forced to release their hold on Iskushuban when the elders made it clear that – with the arrival of the PMPF – the pirates no longer had the support of the town. The people of Iskushuban, whose town had been under the control of the pirates for years, quickly spread the word that the arrival of the PMPF had enabled them to dislodge the pirates. Soon thereafter, other villages in the vicinity sent emissaries to invite the PMPF to establish security in their towns.
The PMPF’s arrival in Iskushuban coincided with its operations to secure the coast of Puntland. The PMPF success in driving pirates from Eyl in early March was the first step in President Farole’s plan to establish a PMPF presence in major urban centers on the Indian Ocean in order to deny pirates safe havens and bases to launch their operations.
About the Puntland Maritime Police Force
The PMPF is a professional, locally-recruited coastal police force in the Puntland State of Somalia. The PMPF’s mission is to promote peace and stability in the region by deterring, detecting, and eradicating piracy, illegal fishing and other coastal crimes; protecting marine resources; and delivering much-needed humanitarian relief supplies to Puntland’s citizens.
The PMPF directly responds to calls from the United Nation and international community for regional Somali authorities to enhance their law enforcement and security capacities. Relevant Somali authorities have briefed and notified the United Nations about the PMPF and its activities on a number of occasions. For more information on the PMPF, please visit http://www.pmpf.net
Mr. Abdirazak Mohamed Mohamud