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House-to house search operations under way in the Somali capital

Somali police on patrol in Mogadishu Photo: SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS
Hiiraan Online
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin
Sunday, February 23, 2014

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In the aftermath of the deadly militant attack on Somali president’s palace on Friday, the country’s security forces and the AU peacekeepers in Somalia are conducting joint house-to-house search operations in more areas in the capital Mogadishu today.

The joint security search operations are being carried out in the districts of Warta Nabada, Ex Wardhigley, Boondheere, Hodon and Yaaqshiid. Contingents from the national intelligence service are involved in the widespread operations in the capital Mogadishu.

Reports say that there have been very heavy security presences around the Somali government compounds in Mogadishu to prevent possible Al-Shabab attacks; such as Friday’s attack on the presidential palace.

Heavily armed soldiers have been stationed at the city’s two main exists, Ex Control Bal’ad and Ex control Afgoye, where security forces have been checking people getting in and outside the capital.

Several people have been arrested since the search operations started in the capital early on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile a government military official has been gunned down in the Wada Jir district south west of the capital on Saturday. The official identified as ‘Jalaato’ was killed by gunmen who then escaped from the scene.

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