SOMALIA: Puntland seizes alcohol stash in Galkayo
BOSASSO — Police in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland have seized more than 150 bottles of alcoholic drinks that smugglers were seeking to bring into its region.
Police operations in the central town of Galkayo netted several people over the banned substance during raids in the last two days according to local sources.
Government officials said they also arrested others in connection with security operations. They added they will stand trial in a criminal court in the coming days.
Puntland officials said alcohol usage in major towns was on the rise and most of the alcohol has been smuggled in from neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.
Recently similar raids were carried out in the port town of Bosasso.
The consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden throughout Somalia, where the people are entirely of Muslim population. Every year police announce alcohol seizures.
May 23, 2012