Somalia: Families of Mogadishu beach attack Victims demand justice

Published: February 1, 2016

Somalia: Families of Mogadishu beach attack Victims demand justiceFamilies of victims of Mogadishu’s popular Liido beach attack that killed at least 25 civilians have demanded justice from the Somali Federal government.
A group of al-Shabaab gunmen attacked two beachfront restaurants with gunshots and explosions, taking a number of civilians as hostages. A 10-hour siege led to the death of many innocent lives.
‘’I am not going to let this die. The government should deal with whoever was responsible for this. Justice must prevail,” said Abdifatah Mohammed Kheire, who lost three of his siblings in the massacre.
Other family members of the victims who opt to stay anonymous called on the government to take action and identify the perpetrators behind the atrocity and bring them to justice as soon as possible.
Dahabo Abdi Ahmed, who lost also a cousin, accused the government of not been effective in detecting the deadly plots against the civilian population in the country.
‘’This was not the first attack on an area dominated by civilians, but the government always repeats to tackle down those who carry out attacks. When will our leaders tell us the truth?
‘’I just want one thing now. That is the punishments of those culprits.’’
Last week, men and women of every age attended an anti – al Shabaab demonstration in the capital. The protesters carried banners and voiced their disapproval on the group’s campaign against civilian areas.
Following the Liido carnage, there has been palpable rise in public anger against the al-Shabaab. People want the terrorist menace to be dealt with firmly. It was an eye opener for the whole nation, not only the struggles of removing terrorism should be increased but an insight for preparation of a better Somalia was enumerated in the hearts of people of Somalia.
In the wake of the deadly assault, Somalis from all walks of life called for the Minister of Internal Security Abdirizak Omar Mohamed to step down from his post.
Al Shabaab insurgents have staged a string of assaults in their fight to overthrow the country’s internationally-backed government. They have targeted hotels, the international airport, Villa Somalia, a United Nations compound and restaurants in a bid to discredit claims by the authorities and AU troops that they are winning the war.
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