8 April 2018

Somalia: Large Bags of Cash 'Seized At Mogadishu Airport'

Photo: The Independent
US dollars.

Somali security forces at Mogadishu's Aden Abdulle International Airport seized large bags containing bundles of cash reportedly sent by the United Arab Emirates [UAE].

Members of the UAE's Embassy in Mogadishu are said to be carrying the bags of the money. Airport officials, speaking on condition of anonymity said they captured huge sum of US dollars from the UAE that was meant to dismantle the no-confidence motion against the speaker of the parliament.

However, the owner of the cash had not yet been identified. The seizure of the cash came after the UAE embassy staff resisted an order to check their bags upon their arrival at the airport, according to the sources.

Somalia's relation with UAE has been worsening in recent months since Mogadishu took a neutral position on the diplomatic row between the Gulf countries that began on June 5, 2017.

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