28 November 2012

Somalia: Gov't Forces Begin to Eliminate Illegal Checkpoints Set Up in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Somali government forces began on Wednesday removing all Illegal checkpoints set up in Mogadishu, two days after the president met with Mogadishu district commissioners and military officers.

On Wednesday, the forces cordoned off parts in the capital, mainly Hodon and Dharkenlay districts where they managed to take away dozens of roadblocks controlled by gunmen dressed in military uniform.

In the past, there have been reports of illegal checkpoints and transgressions on citizens on the vehicles run in the districts in southern Mogadishu.

"Today there was no any checkpoint I saw in Wadajir and Dharkenley districts. We used to pay large sum of money before Somali presidents spoke about illegal checkpoints set up in Mogadishu," Mohamed Nur, a driver told Shabelle Media Network by phone.

President Hassan met with military, police and district officials throughout Sunday and early Monday urging government and military officials to uphold the law.

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