Somalia: Minister Defends Stabilization Operation, Cites Killings in the Capital (VIDEO)

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Sunday June 04, 2017 - 12:21:36 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Minister Defends Stabilization Operation, Cites Killings in the Capital (VIDEO)

    NAIROBI (Somali Update Online) — Somalia's Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman [Eng. Yarisow] has defended his government's position to continue the ongoing Mogadishu Stabilization Operation which aims to disarm armed militia

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Somalia's Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman [Eng. Yarisow].| File Photo.
NAIROBI (Somali Update Online) — Somalia's Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman [Eng. Yarisow] has defended his government's position to continue the ongoing Mogadishu Stabilization Operation which aims to disarm armed militia groups in the capital.
The minister alleged assassinations occurred in Mogadishu in the past were not the work of the militant group Al-Shabab only but there have been other criminal groups with different motives operating in the city.
"We have come to a conclusion that armed assassinations and shootings in Mogadishu were not only planned and executed by Al-Shabab, but there are other groups with different motives.” the minister said during an interview with Somali language Horn Cable TV.
"The Stabilization Operation is government plan and will be executed as it is. We will not stop it in favour for special person or groups.” He said.
Asked to why some armed former government officials and clan politicians and their militias vacated the capital without surrendering their weapons, the minister said that those weapons will be seized sooner or later.
The disarmament operation announced by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in early last month, now faces the opposition from some of the militia groups hailing from major dominant clans in Mogadishu due to the timing and the target of the operation pointing out the risk of taking advantage of the operation by Al-Shabab militant.
But residents in the capital are hopeful for a better security as the number of armed militias roaming the streets of the warn-torn capital and vehicles mounted with machine guns significantly decreased in the past weeks.
He further warned those advocating for clan influence to resist the ongoing operation.



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