Curfew announced in Mogadishu (Somalia)

Mogadishu - Somali authorities on Thursday imposed a nighttime curfew in Mogadishu as five more people were killed in escalating violence in the volatile capital.


Somali National Security Agency chief Mohamed Warsame Darwish said the curfew would take effect on Friday.

"No one should be seen moving from 7pm (1600 GMT) to 5am (0200 GMT)," Darwish told a press conference.

"We need our forces to tackle the violence in the evenings and secure the city in order to prevent explosions. That is why we are imposing the curfew."

The measure was announced as five people died in Mogadishu's Bakara market and Hodan neighbourhood in attacks suspected to have been carried out by Islamist and clan fighters keen on scuppering government efforts to restore law and order.

According to eyewitnesses, a grenade was thrown at a group of police officers, one of whom was killed along with a bystander. Other police officers fired shots and killed one person.

Two other suspected insurgents were killed when a landmine they were planting exploded in Hodan neighbourhood, police said.

"The two were killed while attempting to plant a landmine that exploded. Three other people who were nearby were injured," Ali Ahmed, a police officer patrolling the area, told AFP.


Von: 21.06.2007

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