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Somalia:Somali President declares state of emergency in Islamist abandoned parts of Mogadishu

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Laaska News  August 13,2011             Somalia:Madaxweyne Shariif oo xaalad Deg Deg ah Kusoo rogay Qaybo ka mid ah Dalka

Somalia declares state of emergency in Islamist abandoned parts of Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Saturday issued a decree imposing state of emergency in areas vacated last week by Islamists and in camps for drought-displaced people in the capital Mogadishu, a presidential statement said.

“Today, Aug. 13, 2011, a state of emergency is imposed on areas vacated by Al Shabaab,” said a statement from the Somali president’ s office. The state of emergency will be effective for three months starting from the date of issuance, the statement added.

Islamist rebels of Al Shabaab last week unilaterally withdrew from areas they controlled in Mogadishu following fierce clashes with Somali government forces and African Union peacekeeping forces.

Somali government officials have warned residents from going into areas left by the Islamist rebels, saying the places could be mined by the insurgents.

Somali president has also imposed the state of emergency on camps for the internally displaced people, most of whom fled from drought-hit southern Somalia. The measure is aimed at ensuring the security of the displaced people at the camps, said the statement.

The biggest government-run camp housing the thousands of people who fled from drought and famine affected southern Somalia has witnesses looting and violence allegedly carried out by people in government military uniforms.

Earlier in this month eight people were killed and more than a dozen others were wounded after gunmen clad in government military uniforms opened fire at displaced people as the gunmen tried to loot trucks of aid at the camp for distribution to the needy.

The presidential decree banns clan militias to be deployed in areas vacated by Al Shabaab and in camps for the displaced. It further stipulated that the Court of the Somali Armed Forces has the authority to try any offense committed in the areas of the state of emergency in Mogadishu.

The presidential decree stated that the Somali government will take “any steps necessary” to ensure security and stability of areas “liberated” from Al Shabaab and in camps for the displaced people in Mogadishu.

The Somali leader said the decree will not affect areas previously controlled by the Somali government in the capital, unless instability reaches it during the emergency state is in effect.
Xinhua

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