Somalia leader declares country a war zone

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, April 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Somalia’s new president has declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabaab extremists.

The shakeup on Thursday is an attempt to improve the worsening security situation as the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab steps up its deadly bombings in the capital since President Mohamed Abdullahi

Mohamed was elected in February.

The Somali-American president wore a military uniform as he declared a “new offensive against terrorist groups.” He is giving extremists a 60-day amnesty to surrender.

The changes are seen as an attempt by Mohamed to consolidate power in this long-chaotic horn of Africa nation. He has replaced the country’s police chief and Mogadishu’s mayor.

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