Following weeks of relative calm in the capital, bombs kill dozens.Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has ordered police and intelligence agents to immediately intensify security “a hundred percent” in the capital of Mogadishu after attacks by al‐Shabaab killed nearly 40 people on February 23rd.The attacks were the first in the capital by the jihadist group since October 2017 when a truck bomb killed more than 500 (p. 21625), and an attack on a hotel two weeks later claimed the lives of at another 30 people.“Security is the utmost priority,” Khaire said. “We will not tolerate the killing of our people. We will not be demoralised by one or two explosions. It's important you end insecurity in Mogadishu.”In 2017, the government formed the Mogadishu Security and Stabilisation Forces, who were instructed to raid homes suspected of being hiding places for militants and to erect checkpoints without warning. But the effort suffered several setbacks, including the deadly truck bombing and the firing of two security chiefs in its aftermath. There were also incidents where security forces working with the stabilisation force clashed after mistaking each other for al‐Shabaab.Khaire warned the security forces to avoid such mistakes. “You must avoid every step
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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