Sabahi (Washington, DC)

30 November 2012

Somalia: Somali Forces Remove 60 Illegal Roadblocks in Mogadishu

Somali security forces have removed at least 60 illegal roadblocks in Mogadishu's Wadajir district and the surrounding areas in a campaign that began on Thursday (November 29th), Somalia's Shabelle Media Network reported.

Mogadishu residents and motorists welcomed the move to clear illegal checkpoints where armed groups extort money from motorists.

Wadajir District Commissioner Ahmed Hassan Adow said government soldiers would be sent to the cleared areas to prevent the re-building of dismantled checkpoints, according to UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan.

The operation comes after Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud ordered the clearing of all illegal checkpoints in the city. Security forces removed seven illegal checkpoints in Mogadishu's Yaqshid and Karan districts on Tuesday.

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