24 July 2012

Somalia: Somali Govt to Tighten Mogadishu Security

Photo: Shabelle
Members of the Islamist militia Al Shabaab whip a suspected criminal (file photo).

Mogadishu — The security agency of Benadir region for Somalia government says it will tighten the overall security of Mogadishu, just a day before the national constituent assembly (NCA) to kick off in the capital on Wednesday, 25the July, 2012.

Somali government forces with the backing of the African Union Mission (AMISOM) troops have previously expanded their control outside Mogadishu, after militant push.

Afgoye corridor, Bal'ad district and Lanta Buro area, all that are in Lower and Middle Shabelle regions of Southern Somalia are among the new towns placed under the government that has struggled for three years to dislodge the Al-Shabaab fighters who announced formally merger with Al Qaeda early this year.

Mogadishu, Somali capital is now recovering from the two-decade civil war with business reopening and government reconstructing the roads and other basic amenities for its citizens.

Al shabab militants who still control the vast south and central Somalia are currently under heavy military pressure from Somali government soldiers, AMISOM forces and Ethiopian troops.

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