Security Scaled-up in Somalia as East African Leaders Visit Mogadishu for President Farmajo’s Inauguration

Mogadishu, Wednesday 22/2/2017: Security in Somalia has been scaled-up as Africa African Leaders visit Mogadishu to attend President Farmajo’s inauguration ceremony.

Sources indicate that Mogadishu is lock down as military personnel drawn from AMISOM’s KDF, UPDF and specially-trained forces from the Somalia National Army (SNA) and police are deployed in all corners of Mogadishu from the airport.

Military has created a buffer effectively cordoning the venue where the ceremony will take place.

Considering the stream of attacks that have been carried out in Somalia of late, security forces are on high alert as threats from terror group Al-Shabaab remain high.

After President of Somalia was declared, the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab released a statement referring to him as an apostate and have vowing to fight his government.

On 16 February, last week, Al-Shabaab combatants launched a mortar attack on the presidential palace popularly known as Villa Somalia in Mogadishu when a ceremonyinvolving elected Somalia president and his predecessor Hassan Sheikh was going on.

Farmajo managed to floor 19 other candidates including the former leader.

Kenya’s President Uhuru honoured President Farmajo’s invitation pledging Kenya’s support to his administration.

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