Protests Break Out In Mogadishu

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At least 14 people have been reported dead in the violent protests that erupted in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Two radio stations Radio Shabelle and SKY FM have also been closed down following what appear to be protests against the African Union Mission (AMISOM) soldiers, according to local reports.

At least 14 people have been reported dead in the fighting that erupted in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
 
Two radio stations Radio Shabelle and SKY FM have also been closed down following what appear to be protests against the African Union Mission (AMISOM) soldiers, according to local reports.
 
 
The protests are said to be happening in the Kaarani, Madina and Wadajir districts where the forces had moved on Friday morning to disarm local politicians and militia in the region.
 
AMISOM together with the Somali National Forces moved in to Wadajir district to capture and disarm a renowned former politician Ahmed Daaci, but were held in a gun fight by the local militia who turned up to defend him from the arrest.
 
 Ugandan contingent spokesperson Major Deo Akiiki says the operation was informed by intelligence that pointed to an arms depot at a place near the commissioner’s home.
 
AMISOM confirms that it has arrested 20 gunmen who were found with 15 guns and also recovered an assortment of ammunition from the home.
 
At the time of filing this report, fighting was still on-going in the capital that is secured and manned by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
 
Major Akiiki said that Daaci had fled from Mogadishu to a yet to be known location.
 
It was only a few days ago when AMISOM said it would start operations to fully wipe out the Al-Shabaab forces from the war-torn country in an operation code-named ‘Indian Ocean’.

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.