Somalia denies weapons looted from UAE base
MOGADISHU – Somalia has vehemently denied reports of mass looting weapons at military training base formerly run-by United Arab Emirates in Mogadishu.
Abdiaziz Xildhibaan, spokesman at security ministry refuted the allegations of weapons looted by Somali soldiers, calling it as ‘absurd one’.
He says it was cheap and baseless reports published by Reuters News Agency and local websites.
Reuters published new pictures of weapons being sold at open markets in Mogadishu.
The remarks of Abdiaziz Xildhibaan comes days after A brief gun battle broke out before presidential palace guards secured the camp on Monday.
General Abdiweli Jama Gorod, commander of the Somali National Army, said they detained several troops caught trying to steal equipment from the camp.
“The Somali national forces now have in hand the few soldiers and officers who were behind today’s incident and we assure we shall bring them before justice,” he told Somalia’s national news agency.
Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia