One TFG Soldier Killed for Refusing to Obey Orders to Stop and Surrender Weapon
President (Left) and Defense Minister (Right)
The President Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) on Tuesday afternoon met with his security team a day after a suicide attack left AMISOM and ASWJ forces dead and others seriously wounded on Monday evening.
President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed met with Defense Minister Abdihakim Hajji Fiqi, the Interior and National Security Minister Abdishakur Hassan Farah, the Chief of Staff who is also the head of the Somalia military General Abdikadir Sheikh Ali Dinii, and Police Commissioner General Sharif Sheikhuna Maye at the parliament building amid tight security.
The closed door session lasted for several hours, and afterwards the ministers spoke to members of the press on the issues discussed. The defense minister said that the president said there was need for security to be tightened in all the government controlled areas to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s incident.
"Today we have embarked on a major operation in many parts of the capital to go after people who are holding weapons illegally. We managed to arrest hundreds and all shall be subjected to the full wrath of the law for being a threat to the Somali people," the defense minister told terror free somalia shortly after the session ended.
"No soldier will also be allowed to roam with weapons inside the public controlled zone and if found with it then the soldier risks being arrested fined and later imprisoned," he warned.
"Yesterday was embarrassing to see al-Shabaab extremists dressed in full military gear and the act they committed was barbaric and an act of fear after falling badly in our latest successful offensives," the defense minister admitted.
Interior and National Security Minister Abdishakur Hassan Farah (photo at left) said that the ministry has issued a circular that prohibits the possessions of arms illegally.
"I call on all the Somali people to work jointly with the security forces in reducing the crime level in the city and report all suspicious looking characters more and those who have weapons in their possession," Abdishakur said.
TFG Soldier Killed in Waberi after Defying Orders
In a separate incident today a soldier dressed in full military gear was killed and another seriously wounded after defying orders from the Waberi security forces to stop and surrender their weapons.
The injured soldier was rushed to hospital and will be arraigned in a court of law for defying orders to stop and for carrying weapons in unwanted places, a Senior Police Officer told terror free somalia on the condition of anonymity.