UPDATE ON PUNTLAND MARITIME POLICE FORCE’S SUCCESSFUL OPERATION IN THE BARGAAL DISTRICT
June 5, 2012 – Garowe, Puntland Federal State of Somalia – The Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) entered the village of Bargaal on June 5, 2012 en route from Harfun. Prior to reaching Bargaal, the PMPF was welcomed by local officials and community leaders in Gumba and Taager, who conveyed their appreciation for the PMPF’s efforts to apprehend pirates in Puntland.
The PMPF arrived in Bargaal in pursuit of the Isse Yulux pirate group, which is responsible for a number of kidnappings, including of a Danish family last year. Indications are that the pirates are on the run and onboard of the two captured vessels MT Royal Grace and SMYRNI anchored near Ras Binna approximately 15 km south of Bargaal.
The pirates left Hulanod late last week when they learned that the PMPF was heading towards the area where they have hiding for the past few months. The Government of Puntland is working with local communities to re-install public administration and good governance in these areas. At the same time, the PMPF will continue to secure the coastal areas of Bari and Karkaar Regions, stretching from Eyl and north along the Indian Ocean to Qandala along the Gulf of Aden; this area includes many pirate seawards launching places for capturing commercial vessels for ransom money.
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 Nations and international communities 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. Abdrirashid Abbas Ali