PM chairs emergency meeting over rising Al-Shabaab attacks

PM Roble praised the security agencies and the AMISOM for their efforts to eradicate Al-Shabaab from the country and stressed the need to continue cooperation in the stabilizing process.

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PM chairs emergency meeting over rising Al-Shabaab attacks

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Prime Minister of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble on Wednesday chaired an emergency security meeting at his office following several Al-Shabaab attacks.

The National Security Conference largely focused on strengthening national security, fighting against Al-Shabaab, protecting  Mogadishu from Al-Shabaab, and tightening election security.

The meeting, which was attended by Somali police and military chiefs and commanders from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) called for a united front against Al-Shabaab.

PM Roble praised the security agencies and AMISOM for their efforts to eradicate Al-Shabaab from the country and stressed the need to continue cooperation in the stabilizing process.

The emergency meeting came a day after Al-Shabaab carried out bomb attacks in four police stations in the capital, the second of its kind since last week, an act that shows lax security.

The growing insecurity is attributed to a lack of commitment by the SNA and African Union forces to fight Al-Shabaab, which is categorized as the deadliest terror group in East Africa.

On Tuesday, the state media reported that a DANAB operation aided by foreign forces left 80 Al-Shabaab militants and a senior commander dead in the Hiran region, a hotbed of terror.

Somalia is facing a security and election crisis that could plunge the country to the brink as the outgoing president Farmajo failed to make a smooth transfer of power at his term's end.

Farmajo's four-year mandate expired in February 2021 and stayed one additional illegal year, fuelling the political tension which became a setback to the election that saw frequent delays.

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