SOMALIA: Somali Government arrests suspects of Tuesday’s attack on Peace Festival

Published: February 17, 2011

1. Mohamed Omar Habeb (aka Mohamed Dhere), former mayor of Mogadishu
The Somali Government arrests five who are suspected to be involved in Tuesday’s attack on Peace Festival in Mogadishu, in which three civilians and a soldier were killed.
The Prime Minister, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, H.E. Abdulhakim Mohamud, Minister for Interior and Internal Security, H.E. Abdishakur Sheik Hassan, and Minister for Information, Posts and Telecommunications, H.E. Abdulkareem Hassan Jama, jointly told Radio Mogadishu on Wednesday night that the Government forces with the help of AMISOM peacekeepers placed behind bars the following suspects:
1. Mohamed Omar Habeb (aka Mohamed Dhere), former mayor of Mogadishu
2. Abdi Qeybdiid (not General Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdid, former Police Commissioner)
3. Mohamed Raaghe Tifow
4. Ali Nur Mohamed
5. Nur Ali Yalahow
The Government confirmed that the arrested suspects will be brought before justice as soon as possible. It has also stressed that this is one of the steps it is taking to end impunity in the country so that the citizens can live in peace and stability.

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