Somalia: Prime Minister demands answers from security officials on last night’s explosions

Published: February 4, 2014

Somalia's Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed
Picture – Prime Minister of Somalia Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed

His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed today called together and met with senior government, city and security officials to discuss last night’s series of explosions across Mogadishu.

Meeting at the Office of the Mayor of Mogadishu the Prime Minister met with the Minister of National Security, H.E. Abdikarim Hussein Guled, Head of the Somali Police, General Abdihakim Dahir Sa’id, Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohammud Ahmed Tarsan, senior security officials, District and Police Commissioners for Mogadishu to discuss and demand answers to last night’s series of explosions across Mogadishu.

Addressing the meeting of security and city officials, the Prime Minister, said:

“This meeting is to question ourselves on last night’s explosions which targeted the innocent citizens of Mogadishu. Those explosions create fear in our people, we must investigate and swiftly bring to justice those behind these attacks.

“Our people should be able to live without fear and that is the number one responsibility of my government. I want every one of you in this room to come up with a result, this cannot be allowed to happen again. Our people are waiting and expecting an answer on who was behind last night’s indiscriminate violence and face justice.

“I will not allow these cowards to strike fear into our people and derail the progress Mogadishu and Somali has made. My government will protect its citizens.”

Minister of National Security, H.E. Abdikarim Hussein Guled, said:

“We must ask ourselves what happened last night and come up with the answers. Security forces and agencies are working together with investigations and security operations already under way to ensure those responsible face justice and allowing our people to go about their lives without fear.”


Ridwaan Haji
Government Spokesperson
Prime Minister’s Media Office

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