This is the third high profile attack on key Somali federal government seats, an indication that the national security policy has failed.
Al-Shabaab was forced out of Mogadishu in 2011 and their first daring and serious assault came on 14 April 2013, when they attacked the capital’s main court buildings leaving at least 20 people dead.
On February 21, 2014, al-Shabaab carried out their second attack on Villa Somalia. Incredibly, they managed to reach almost half way into the heavily guarded complex, home to the president, prime minister, speaker of parliament and other ministers.
“At least two senior officials and nine attackers are reported dead but the security minister told the BBC the situation was “under control”.” Reported the BBC.
Today’s attack on the parliament building is the latest high profile security breach in the capital, leaving 10 people dead. Reuters news agency quoted al-Shabaab spokesman, Abdulaziz Musab: ” The so-called Somali parliament is a military zone. Our fighters are there to carry out a holy operation. We shall issue a comprehensive report after the conclusion of the operation.”
The irony is that this attack comes at a time when the government is too busy on internal conflict. Some members of parliament are working on gathering majority support for a call on the president to be impeached and removed from office for failing to deliver on his duties, including on national security.
Somalis will have to ask tough questions on exactly what this government’s priorities are, internal power struggle or national security?
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