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Galkayo airport in central Somalia closed for security reasons

By Tajuddin
In Local News
Sep 26th, 2014

Galkayo Airport

Galkayo ( DIPLOMAT.SO) – Puntland authorities for the second day shut down airport in Mudug regional capital of Galkayo of central Somalia over security reasons as President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali “Gaas” is holding extraordinary meeting with his regional cabinet ministers.

The closure has come after Galmudug authorities threatened with attack on Abdullahi Yusuf airport in Galkayo.

The ban on flights into and from Galkayo airport entered the second day, with witnesses reporting that the dispute over new airstrip formed in Galkayo’s Barahley neighborhood is gaining momentum.

Puntland denied Galmudug leader and former warlord Abdi Hassan Awale “Qeybdii” entry to Galkayo, deeming the restriction a legitimate.

On Thursday, Galmudug parliamentarian Mohamed Hussein Tahliil told reporters that Galmudug will impose blockade on departing and arriving flights at Galkayo airport if Puntland fails to respond to their demand.

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