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Somali government soldiers demonstrate in Mogadishu over pay

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Troops from the Somali National Army (SNA) were on a go-slow after closing down a market and barricading roads in the city on Sunday over claims of unpaid salaries spanning 12 months.

The soldiers ordered traders at Buluxubay market to close and went ahead to burn tires and closed sections of the roads with barbed wire.

Their superiors however prevailed upon them to end the demonstrations and return to work as they headed towards the central business district.

Some of the officers who spoke to Xinhua on Monday complained of several months without salaries.

"We need our rights.

"We have not been paid for 12 months now so we decided to make our concerns heard by coming to the streets," said Mohamed Shariff, one of the soldiers who attended the protests on Sunday.

"We love our country and we have been serving diligently but how can you support eight children without pay," lamented Ismai’al who was part of the demonstrations.

The soldiers appealed to the newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to intervene, noting that his short stint as prime minister in 2011 led to regular pay for the military.

Muna Ahmed, a student from a local university, said they could not access their university on Sunday as the soldiers barricaded the road.

Somali soldiers have severally had to make with salary delays, a development which the UN warned could be detrimental to the morale of the forces.

A 2015 UN Monitoring Group for Somali and Eritrea report warned the war against terrorism in Somalia could be jeopardized since soldiers could be forced to sell their weapons and collaborate with militants.

Somalia has an estimated 20,000 soldiers trained by the African Union force AMISOM and supported by Britain and the United States.

There was no immediate word from the military leadership or government on the fate of the soldiers.
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UPDATES:

At least 10 killed in separate attacks in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least ten people were killed and 13 others injured in two separate attacks near a military base and a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday, officials said.

Waberi District Commissioner Ahmed Hussein told reporters that the car bomb attack near Wehliye hotel left seven people dead and ten others injured.

"The car bomb explosion caused a huge damage, seven people died on the spot and ten others injured, the victims were at tea restaurant near Wehliye hotel, we are in a rescue operation now," Ahmed said.

The commissioner added that the death toll could rise since the explosion was huge, noting that the security forces have launched investigations into the attack.

The deceased, all civilians, were killed when a vehicle loaded with explosives went off in front of Wehliye hotel in central business district of Mogadishu.

Mohamed Dahir, a senior police officer at the scene, told Xinhua they have established that seven people died from the attack at the eatery near the hotel.

An eye witness confirmed the explosion to Xinhua noting the explosion was massive.

"The explosion rocked the front side of the entrance and people nearby were killed and others injured.

"It was very huge," said Abdirahman Gabow.

Earlier, two civilians and suicide bomber were killed and three others injured near a military base in Wadajir district in Benadir region in another car bomb attack on Monday morning.

A Somali Security official who declined to be identified said the vehicle bound explosive devices went off tearing through the entrance of Sweet Factory opposite the military base in Wadajir district.

The driver of the explosives laden explosives was killed while another passerby was injured according to witnesses.

"The suicide bomber and two other civilians were killed and three others injured in the attack," the police officer said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack which came after a media worker was seriously injured in a similar attack in Mogadishu on Sunday.

The latest attacks come as the Horn of Africa nation’s government has stepped up efforts to stabilize the country and also to help people ravaged by droughts amid a looming famine.
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At least seven people killed in two separate bomb explosions in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and 10 others were injured in two separate bomb explosions in Mogadishu on Monday with sources indicating a possible surge in the casualty figures.

Six civilians were killed when a vehicle loaded with explosives went off in front of Wehliye hotel in central business district of Mogadishu.

Ten others were injured.

Mohamed Dahir senior police officer at the scene told Xinhua they have established that six people died from the attack at the hotel.

"So far we have counted six people who have died and ten others have sustained injuries. We are still carrying out investigations into the matter," said Dahir.

An eye witness confirmed the explosion to Xinhua noting the explosion was massive.

"The explosion rocked the front side of the entrance and people nearby were killed and others injured.

"It was very huge," said Abdirahman Gabow.

Meanwhile one person was killed and three others wounded in a Monday morning explosion near a military barrack in Mogadishu.

The vehicle borne IEDs went off tearing through the entrance of Sweet Factory opposite the military base in Wadajir district.

The driver of the explosives laden explosives was killed while another passerby was injured according to witnesses.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack which came after a media worker was seriously injured in a similar attack in Mogadishu on Sunday.
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FURTHER READING:

Conflict resolution experts urge Somalis 'use mediation to end war'

Somali leaders pledge to think nationally with mediation to end war

AMISOM help stake holders with conflict negotiation and mediation

           

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