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Puntland Mine Action Centre (PMAC)

Location: Puntland

Type: Police

Established in 1999, PMAC has collaborated with both national and international partners to combat mines, such as HALO, DDG and MAG.

Due to the increasing threat of IEDs in Somalia due to Al Shabaab prolific use of the devices, combatting IED has become a significant part of PMAC’s work – as it has done with many demining actors globally.

PMAC runs the only police EOD team in Puntland, which is responsible for collecting and destroying explosive ordnance. In June 2015, Puntland requested assistance to increase its capacity and deploy three EOD teams in Bosaso, Galkayo, and Garowe.

In 2016, the “Badbaado Plan” will be implemented in Puntland. PMAC will work with SEMA and other partners within the region to work of the long-term capacities of the region to manage explosive hazards.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.