Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali has appointed Abdullahi Shire Dool as the new police chief, according to a presidential decree issued on Thursday.

In the decree, President Ali also named Bile Farah Ali as the first deputy chief, while Colonel Osman Hassan Uuke as the second deputy police commander.

In late 2017, the President suspended former Puntland police chief Abdikadir Farah Ereg after he opened fire on Nugal governor Omar Abdullahi Faroweyne, who luckily survived.

Puntland has been hit by deadly attacks by Al Shabaab and ISIL-affiliated militants operating actively the mountainous Galgala area in Bari region in the past few years.