Mogadishu security Tighten Amid fear of Alshabaab attacks
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Security in Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu has been beefed up out fear of more attacks from the Al-Shabaab Militant group.
The heavy presence of Somali security personnel can be felt all over the city, patrols can be seen going around the major streets in the capital Mogadishu for the second day after Al Shabaab threatened of a major attack in the city.
In Mogadishu, the capital of both the country and the Benadir province, major streets were closed for vehicles for the second day as heavy security comprising of AMISOM’s Alpha group Forces and police forces were seen patrolling major streets. Major roads crossing government institutions particularly the Federal Parliament building and Presidential Palace where not easy for cars to pass by.
“Every street has security, all vehicles are being checked,” said Mogadishu resident Hussein Jim’ale. ”There were some concerns that Al=Shabaab is planning a major attack in Mogadishu” said a Somali official within the security forces who didn’t want his name to be disclosed as he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.
This comes following warning by Al-Shabaab spokesman for military operation, Abdiaziz Abu Mus’ab and Al-Shabaab’s appointed governor of Mogadishu Sheikh Mohamed Hussein who called upon Mogadishu residents to avoid military areas and important government installations referring to possible attacks by the group in the coming days.
Last night unknown gunmen suspected to be Al-Shabaab members attacked several government checkpoints in Huriwaa and Yaaqshid districts including a wedding ceremony which the gunmen broke into and destroyed the musical equipment in the wedding, forcing the participants to scatter without causing any harm.