Somali police create state of fear in Mogadishu by claiming imminent Al-Shabaab attacks
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The Somali police force have revealed that they possess sensitive information regarding 10 “would-be” suicide bombers belonging to the Al-Shabaab movement.
In a news conference held in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Qasim Ahmed Roble, the spokesman for the Somali police, told reporters that they are aware of 10 suicide bombers and 3 explosive filled cars that are present in the city in order to carry out attacks. To the surprise of many the spokesman revealed the 10 men’s names, phone numbers and the license plates for the cars, while calling upon residents to co-operate with the police force in arresting the alleged suicide bombers.
However, most of the numbers provided appeared to have not been in use, while the few that were working belonged to people who claimed to be civilians with no affiliation to Al-Shabaab. Some of those whose numbers were provided by the police, were contacted by some media outlets and spoke to them. One of the men whose number was actually published under a false name said that he was merely a carpenter and was very surprised that his number was publicized as belonging to an Al-Shabaab member.
Another one of the men who was contacted claimed that he was a herder in the town of Luq in the Gedo region, he denied being a member of Al-Shabaab and said he had never seen Mogadishu in his life.
The revealing of these numbers and warning comes as the security and police forces in Mogadishu are on high alert out of fear of an Al-Shabaab offensive as the holy month of Ramadan draws nearer, in which the militants are known to increase their attacks.