March 22, 2018

Somali Gov’t arrests 40 soldiers over Qaybdiid’s house raid

Over 40 soldiers have been detained in connection with an attack on a house owned by a prominent Somali senator as Somali president orders swiftly probe on the raid.

The soldiers who reportedly are the UAE trained soldiers stormed the residential house of Abdi Qaydid in Mogadishu.

The officers were arrested Saturday evening just hours after the raid, according to Somalia’s news agency, SONNA. No further details been obtained on the attack.

Hours after the raid, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has described the attack as illegal, calling security authorities to undertake further investigations on the reported raid.

“President @M_Farmaajo asks commander of the Somali National Army to investigate the “illegal act” and hold those responsible accountable,” the president has said in a twitter post.

Somali information minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said that perpetrators will face consequences.

“The federal government is launching into the matter. The investigation including the reason for the raid, who was behind it. They will face the law in the quickest possible time,” said Osman.

A call from NISA chief

“I was also called by the director of NiSA in Benadir region. He told me that the soldiers were UAE trained soldiers, but I doubt that soldiers were Gov’t’s special forces  ” said Qaybdid.

Earlier this month, Somali security forces have arrested a former minister, Abdirahman Abdishakur after he was allegedly accused of involving foreign conspiracies.

The raid and arrest of the politician drew condemnation from lawmakers, state leaders and elders in the country.

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Aragtida Akhristayaasha

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