Somali MP calls roadblocks as ‘wrong strategy’ in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU— A Somali MP Abdirisak Mohamed has strongly condemned the latest move to install checkpoints and additional roadblocks in Somali capital, Mogadishu, after security failure led a week attack by Al Shabaab.
Hon. Mohamed says erecting roadblocks and demarcating the city of Mogadishu with green line to protect government officials was wrong strategy on official Twitter account.
He says a pragmatic security strategy is required to protect the citizens of Mogadishu and not the privileged elites, after the capital locked down over unknown reason.
Mohamed’s remarks had shed light at country’s security ministry, after being failed to curb security risks in the capital of Mogadishu.
Somali capital, Mogadishu has seen a deadly one week with sustained attack by Al Shabaab, leaving 36 people, mostly civilians dead.
Mayor of Mogadishu Abdirahman Omar Osman declared security operations to control the overall security of Somali capital, amid rising attacks by Al Shabaab.
The operation was announced on Sunday night after 36 people were killed and dozens injured in a week attacks claimed by al Qaeda linked affiliates.
Somali armed group Al Shabaab carried out last week a car bomb attack near a hotel and restaurants in a busy area targeted, rescue services said.
From March 21 till Thursday, car bombs and Improvised Explosive Device, [IED], attacks have been a regular feature except for 22nd and 24th. 23rd saw two different attacks.
A breakdown of the Mogadishu attacks:
March 21: Car bomb kills civil engineer
March 23: Complex attack kills 15
March 23: Two IEDs kill 2
March 25: Car bomb kills Univ. staffer
March 26: Car bomb kills 14-year-old boy
March 27: IED kills 1, Police Commander survives
March 28: Car bomb kills 15
The al Qaeda linked group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted government officials who were at Maka Al Mukarama, a busy street in Mogadishu.
Al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s western-backed central government, was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.