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Mogadishu bombings: Daytime ban on trucks to stop attacks

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A truck filled with explosives killed a minimum of 358 other people in Mogadishu

Trucks and tankers will probably be banned from coming into Mogadishu all through the day within the wake of 2 fatal attacks on the Somali capital in simply two weeks.

It is was hoping the ban will enhance safety at a time when the effectiveness of its present measures is underneath the highlight.

Two best safety officers have been fired following the latest assault on 28 October which left a minimum of 27 lifeless.

Another assault two weeks previous killed greater than 350 other people.

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The 14 October assault – the deadliest in Somalia’s historical past – was once performed the use of a truck filled with explosives.

The capital’s mayor, Thabit Abdi, introduced that trucks and tankers can’t cross in the course of the town from 07:00-20:00. Those flouting the ban possibility a wonderful of $1,00zero (£750).

The Somali govt blames militant Islamic staff al-Shabab for the 14 October bombing, which happened at a hectic junction.

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Media captionThe aftermath of the most recent bomb blast in Mogadishu

The staff has denied it was once at the back of the bombing. However, it has it was once at the back of the 28 October assault, which concerned two automobile bombs being detonated in fast succession, adopted by way of a 12-hour siege within the Nasahablod Two lodge.

The militants, who’ve hyperlinks to al-Qaeda, say they focused the lodge on Saturday as it was once frequented by way of safety officers and politicians.

The al-Shabab gunmen have been dressed as individuals of the protection forces – it appears serving to them input the lodge unchallenged – however Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman has disputed allegations they’d authentic IDs.

A senior intelligence officer, Col Ahmed Yare, had advised the United Kingdom Guardian newspaper: “They had ID cards which had clear information such as names, ranks and photos so no police officer could stop them.”

But Mr Osman denied this, telling the Reuters information company: “They had the uniforms of security forces, even though they did not have ID cards.”

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