Somalia: After Deadly Hotel Attack, Somali Cabinet Fires Police and Intelligence Chiefs

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Sunday October 29, 2017 - 22:00:00 in Latest News by Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: After Deadly Hotel Attack, Somali Cabinet Fires Police and Intelligence Chiefs

    MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) Somali Cabinet, in an extra-ordinary meeting, on Sunday fired Police and Intelligence Chiefs after Saturday's deadly attack, officials said.

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Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire take part on the official opening of the security summit with the heads of regional member states. Photo credit: Villa Somalia
MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) Somali Cabinet, in an extra-ordinary meeting, on Sunday fired Police and Intelligence Chiefs after Saturday's deadly attack, officials said.

The Minister of Security Mohamed Abukar Islow aka Duale proposed to the council the sacking of the Police and the Intelligence bosses, following two deadly attacks in October alone.

"After long discussions, the council of minister agreed to remove from offices the Police Chief Abdihakim Dahir Sa’id and The director of National Intelligence and Security Agency, Abdullahi Mohamed Ali aka Sanbaloolshe.” a statement from the office of the Somali Prime Minister said.


"Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the 14 October bombing, among them the driver of the Noha car, 2 person who granted access to the security.” Mohamed Abukar Islow, the Minister of Security said in the statement released by office of the Somali prime Minister.

The firing of the Security and Police chiefs follows after Somali militants disguising as security members  breached the government security checkpoints and attacked Hotel Naasa Hablood 2 on Saturday killing more than 20 people.

Intelligence sources obtained by Horn Observer said that "the attackers had IDs and Uniforms of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) to bypass the government security checkpoints.”. It was not immediately clear if the attackers were current members of NISA or former NISA members who defected to Al Shabab or dual agents.

Many analysts believe that firing security and police bosses is not enough, unless otherwise the government comes up with clear strategy about the security of the country, especially Mogadishu.

Somalia government had been seeking solidarity and support from the troop contributing countries to carry out a large scale offensive against the Shabab, a militant group affiliated to Alqaeda. A delegation led by the Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire returned from Turkey on Saturday in a bit to boost the bilateral ties between Turkey and Somalia.

More than 300 people have been killed after a suicide truck bomber targeted heavily populated KM5 junction on 14 October, an act Somali government officials pointed the finger to the Shabab, a militant group affiliated with Alqaeda, an act which the group remained silent.

In a separate incident, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on Sunday officially opened conference attended by the heads of the regional member states.  The conference aims to address the security and offensive against the Al-Shabab.

- HORN OBSERVER -



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