Mogadishu Property Owners Warned Against al-Shabaab
Mogadishu Mayor and Banadir Governor Yussuf Hussein Madaale has warned property owners have been warned against renting their premises to the members of the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.
Mayor Madaale said a multi-agency security operation led to the identification of safe houses for the members of the outlawed organisation.
“During the operations conducted last week, Our Security Forces identified several houses where members of the militants were stationed, who were terrorizing the public,” said Mayor Madaale.
Mr. Madale, who was speaking at the headquarters of the Banadir regional administration on Monday said the government will soon come up with a strategy to complement community policing initiatives.
“They turned some of the area into Hospitals to treat their wounded personnel.”
“In some of the areas we managed to retrieve weapons from the houses inspected by our officers,” said Mayor Madaale.
During the operation, The Somali forces destroyed a network of al-Shabab militants who were planning militants activities aimed at undermining the security of the Capital.
The arrested members of the militants according to the government include a group of hitmen who were prepared to target the innocent people of Mogadishu, doctors who were prepared to treat the militia and others who facilitated accommodation and transportation for the terrorists.
The cells have been vital to the Somali insurgent group al-Shabab which is opposed to the central government of Somalia.
The residents of the city have also been urged not to pay any tax collected by the militants for fear of their in neighbourhoods across Mogadishu.
This is aimed at bringing the community together in pursuit of a common ideal of a safe, sustainable and prosperous neighbourhood.
An integrated security framework by actively participating in looking out for neighbors has been identified as a key pillar that will help the government weed out the militants.
The plan will assist the government in intelligence gathering and to ensure that militants do not find it easy just sneaking in and slipping out of the City, as they planned the attacks.
Mr. Madale said there is a need for more collaboration between the public and the police to bring down the rate of crime in the capital city.