Assassinations in Mogadishu amidst heightened security in the city
Mogadishu (Harar24) – As the holy month of Ramadan is welcomed by Mogadishu residents the Somali government has decided to heighten the security in the city out of fear of anticipated attacks by the Al-Shabaab movement.
The Somali government has taken the threat seriously and taken drastic measures by spreading security forces in different parts of the city, especially in areas which host government institutions such as the presidential palace, the parliament, the UN compound, the airport and the seaport, where previously stationed soldiers have been reinforced with more troops. This move comes after senior government officials, including the president, have expressed great concerns regarding imminent attacks by Al-Shabaab during Ramadan.
Al-Shabaab on the other hand have stated their attacks are not specified by particular dates or times, nevertheless nothing could withstand their attacks regardless of security precautions taken by the government and its allies, as claimed by the group’s appointed governor of Mogadishu, Sheikh Ali Jabal, who spoke to local media last night.
Despite the heightened security in Mogadishu, three assassinations have already taken place in the capital city on the first day of Ramadan, after unknown gunmen shot dead two traffic police in cities Makka Al-Mukkarama road, another government soldiers was also killed in Suqa-Holaha neighborhood and his weapon seized. According to officials, the assailants of the three assassination have escaped without arrest.
The much feared Islamists are known to carry out large attacks during the holy month of Ramadan, having carried out such attacks in the past, as they believe that “waging jihad against enemies” during this month is an emulation of the Prophet Mohamed (pbuh).