Somalia’s Council of Ministers Approves Counter-Terrorism Legislation

The Somalia Council of Ministers has approved new counter-terrorism legislation intended to bring the country into line with international best practice. This will now be sent to Parliament for debate and ratification.

Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon described it as a “very important piece of legislation that represents a key component of the government’s strategy to fight terrorism comprehensively while taking responsibility of our own borders and the security of our people.”

The legislation will govern the conduct and structure of the national intelligence and security agencies and covers legal definitions of terrorism. The Prime Minister said the country was in the “last stages of a military campaign against an enemy that has been reduced to terrorism and guerrilla operations.”
Once in Garissa, top police chiefs led by Inspector General David Kimaiyo are expected to hold security meetings with provincial and district teams to come up with a permanent solution to the menace.

“Local leaders must support security agencies in the operation to weed out the criminals. The Provincial Security and Intelligence Committee (PSIC) and the District Security and Intelligence Committee (DSIC) must be convened immediately to resolve the issue,” Kimemia said of the president’s directive.

Following the Thursday night incident, police said they had arrested over 100 people for interrogation but the real culprits were still at large.

Source: AllAfrica

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Garissa and neighbouring border towns have remained volatile in recent months, with gun and explosion attacks targeting law enforcement agents and civilians ever since Kenya sent its military to pursue Al Shabaab militants in Somalia.

Thursday night’s attack was also blamed on the Al Qaeda-linked militants although the group was yet to claim responsibility.

Source:AllAfrica

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