Somalia: Security in Mogadishu beefed up after deadly attacks

Security in Mogadishu has been tightened following recent deadly suicide attacks and assassinations that raised concerns about the government’s ability to protect the people.

In the past few months, insurgents fighting the Western-backed government have intensified attacks, which claimed the lives of many people including government officials.

Security forces searched vehicles entering the capital and increased the number of checkpoints in the city, along with foot patrols and vehicle patrols, local residents said.

The move followed after the Security ministry officials revealed that Al Shabaab extremists are planning to launch fresh attacks in the capital.

Officers questioned for attack

Last week, 11 Security and Intelligence senior officials were arrested suspected of having links with the militant group that launched attack on a Mogadishu hotel.

Deputy Attorney General of Somalia told reporters in Mogadishu that some of the accused officers have been transferred to the Central Prison.

‘’ Investigations are still under way and they will be taken to court…. They are not criminals until their case has got evidence,’’ said Ahmed Ali Abukar.

However, Analysts believe that the recent attacks in Mogadishu didn’t reflect a stronger Al Shabaab but did expose deficiencies in the security apparatus.

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