Somali government cracks down on Dayniile residents after explosion
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Following yesterday’s deadly explosion at Dayniile, the Somali government has begun to crack down on residents living in the area. An estimate of sixty people, most of them being youth, have been arrested according to locals.
The residents of the Dayniile district have been coming under increased scrutiny, they’re often accused of being Al-Shabaab “sympathizers” and harbouring Al-Shabaab members, this is something however denied by the residents of Dayniile. “These explosions and attacks are happening all over Mogadishu and not just in Dayniile, so why should we have to bear the brunt of it?” said a resident from Daynile who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “However if they keep this up, arresting and harassing these innocent residents, they’ll be the ones pushing them to collaborate with Al-Shabaab” he further added.
The district of Dayniile has not had any administrative offices in the past three years, the area only had police stations and barracks. Two days ago however, the mayor of Mogadishu, Mr. Tarsan attended a ceremony dedicated to the opening of the first administrative office in Dayniile in three years. The mayor declared Mogadishu to be safe again and that the end of Al-Shabaab was in sight. This was however followed by Al-Shabaab’s bombing of Daynile yesterday, by many this was seen as a subtle response to Mr. Tarsan’s claims.
Last night, the district of Huriwaa was the scene of yet another attack staged by Al-Shabaab members, as they crept close to a police station and took their positions; they opened fire on the police station triggering an intense battle that lasted around an hour.
Al-Shabaab left the capital city of Mogadishu since 2011, but have ever since made it a habit to carry out attacks in the city during the day and night.