Series of assassinations leaves Mogadishu bewildered & fearful
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A rampage of assassinations and drive-by shootings in Mogadishu has left people bewildered and created an atmosphere of fear in the city, with Al-Shabaab threatening to step up attacks even further.
According to officials the number of people assassinated in the city during the past eight days reached twenty one, with yesterday reaching the highest figure of eight assassinations in one day. The people targeted in these attacks vary from soldiers, traffic police, city administration officials, MPs and civilians.
“The past week was a vicious one witnessing the assassination of twenty one people. Of those twenty one killed eleven were soldiers, five traffic police, two local Mogadishu administration officials, one treasury employee and one MP” a senior police officer told Harar24.
Despite concerns raised about the increased targeted killings and assassinations, including from senior government officials, it appears as if the Somali security services are incapable of preventing these attacks, as claimed by MP Amin Jesow who after saying that there’s virtually no security in the city said that he fears for his own safety after the assassination of his colleague MP Mahmud Hayd last Thursday.
The waves of attacks have been claimed by the Al-Shabaab Islamists who threatened to increase the attacks in the capital as the group’s spokesman Ali Dhere mentioned in a news conference. He also added that the attacks targeting government officials and soldiers, who he labeled as “agents for crusaders”, would escalate in the coming days.