Chaos in Somalia is increasing due to the missed elections.
In two subsequent days attacks took place by unknown assailants.
On February 13th, security forces destroyed a VBIED before it could reach the parliament building in Mogadishu.
Still, at least 7 people were wounded (according to various reports), at least 3 people died.
As reported by the AFP, local officials said the following:
“Three civilians were killed according to the information we have received so far and eight others were injured,” said local official, Abdirahman Mohamed.
Abdirahman said that currently the local police were chasing one of the suspected terrorist vehicles that exploded the car. He explained that the getaway car was several kilometers from the location of the explosion. The car that assisting in carrying out the terror incident was still being pursued by the local police, at the time of interview on February 14th.
“The police were chasing the attacker getaway vehicle after seeing it several kilometers from the scene of the explosion,” he said.
The bomber broke through a checkpoint near the palace and detonated his explosives after police chased and fired at his vehicle, authorities told reporters.
“Security forces foiled a complex attack this morning, firing on the suicide car bomber before he reached his target, allowing many civilians to escape unharmed,” a police officer said.
Government buildings in Mogadishu have been a target for the al-Qaida affiliated group, Al-Shabab.
The extremists have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on pro-insurgent radio station Andalus.
Political leaders and other stakeholders have so far failed to find a consensus on holding the overdue election in the Horn of African country.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed has called upon regional leaders and the Banadir governor to hold a new election conference in Garowe, the administrative capital of Somalia’s autonomous region of Puntland.
The call came days after an election conference among the Somali president, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, and regional leaders ended without an agreement in the city of Dhusamareb.
On February 15th, the president will host a federal and state-level summit in Garowe, Puntland, on the implementation of the September 17th Elections Agreement.
According to Abdirahman Abdi, a legal expert in Mogadishu, there is no constitutional crisis as the current parliament adopted a resolution, allowing all constitutional institutions, including the presidency, to stay in office until their successors are elected.
“According to law, the parliament resolution is enough but they must engage and reach a consensus on the election,” he added.
Abdimalik Abdullahi also expressed his optimism about the upcoming election talks.
“I am optimistic that the upcoming summit will end the deadlock. I believe it’s quite easy to reach an agreement if the parties concerned make concessions. Voices of reason were calling for a middle ground on the outstanding issues all along and it’s something that can be pursued by the leaders,” he added.
This, however, creates a lot of uncertainty, and allows the possibility for remaining in power indefinitely.
It also provides opportunity for al-Shabaab and other armed groups to carry out their active operations and spread chaos.
The humanitarian crisis in the southwestern Bakool region due to al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group al-Shabaab’s blockade is only deepening.
- On February 14, unknown gunmen shot dead two women in Mogadishu
- On February 13, security forces destroyed a VBIED before it could reach the parliament building compound in Mogadishu. 7 people were wounded and at least 3 were killed
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