Somalia Government Warns of Major Offensive

Published on Tuesday 23rd March 2010

Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar, the Somali Minister for Interior Affairs, today said that his government is determined to take over the parts of Mogadishu controlled by rebel groups.

He made the statement after his ministry and the Transitional Federal Government's local authority in Mogadishu held a meeting.

Minister Omar underlined that plans to secure Mogadishu have already been fixed and that implementation will be done quickly. "The public suffering is going to end soon," said the interior minister.

The minister blamed the Islamist groups, namely Al-Shabaab and Hizbu Islam, of orchestrating the suffering of the people by inciting insecurity.

"The TFG's plan is to alleviate the public from the awful situation," said Minister Omar.

Sheikh Omar urged the public to offer the government their utmost support in its drive to capture all the 16 districts of Mogadishu. The TFG currently controls seven districts of the Somali capital.

Al-Shabaab and Hizbu Islam have powers on the rest of the city.

On Saturday, Engineer Abdirizak Mohamed Nur alias Nunne, the Mayor of Mogadishu, once again urged the people inhabiting in rebel controlled areas of Mogadishu to leave. "We are warning fellow citizens in order to avoid dangers," said Engineer Nunne.

However, it is not the first time the government or the rebels have sworn to take over Mogadishu.


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