The formal execration in and inauguration of newly-elected Somali President Abdullahi Farmajo following Wednesday will see Mogadishu turned into the fortress. Information received suggests that simply no air traffic other than flights having VVIPs invited from other countries will be permitted to land at the international airport, to reduce any kind of risk of airborne incidents.
This follows hot over the heels of yesterday’ s mortar attack while the formal handover between President Elect and outgoing Chief executive Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud took place, eliminating at least two young children when one particular round hit a residential home not far from the Presidential Structure.
Mogadishu, despite various security cordons, has been the picture of several suicide and vehicle bomb attacks on hotels, dining places, leisure spots for locals, plus government offices over the past two years, sometimes with significant casualties.
The rise in such terror attacks is often attributed to complacency among international troops but largely blamed for the failure of the international coalition in order to decisively defeat Al Shabab plus wrest their remaining territory from their website through a coordinated ground, air plus sea attack on their positions.
With a new President, who was an ex Prime Minister, coming into office it is now hoped that the security forces could possibly get new directions and rid the area of this pest called Al Shabab, which also continues to pose securities threat to the wider region through Ethiopia to Burundi and through Kenya to Uganda, all nations with troops in Somalia.
Travelers booked on plane tickets to Mogadishu next Wednesday need to consult their respective airlines regarding details when they can reach their own destination or else fly out of Mogadishu on subsequent days.