Islamist group seizes weapons imported by Somalia

MOGADISHU (Caasimada Online) — Somalia’s Jubaland President Ahmed Mohamed says Somali government has imported 173 containers laden with weapons in the capital of Mogadishu.

Mohamed says the weapons were bought after Somali leaders received funds from Saudi Arabia, in a bid to boost fighting against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.

He revealed that the Islamist group Al Shabaab had recieved many guns imported by the Somali government with U.N. approval.

President Mohamed accused the central government of refusing to consult his administration in fighting against Al-Shabaab group in Juba regions in south of Somalia.

“The central government failed to eradicate Al Shabaab. It also does not want to consult us , a bid to collabrate push Al Shabaab out of the regions”, he said.

Mohamed told Somalia’s senate lawmakers, who are in charge of mediation in political rifts that the central government had failed to implement previous agreements with all its regional members.

Imported Weapons Resold in Somalia

Two Western diplomats said many guns imported by the Somali government with U.N. approval were resold by arms dealers on the black market in the nation’s capital Mogadishu last year.

Such sales violate a three-year-old deal which exempted government weapons imports from a U.N. arms embargo.

The U.N. Security Council partially lifted it in 2013 to equip government forces fighting al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants.

Somalia acknowledged there was some leakage of weapons, although it said that involved small amounts in one-off cases rather than a systematic problem.

The United Nations imposed a blanket arms embargo on Somalia shortly after the nation plunged into civil war 25 years ago.


Caasimada Online
Mogadishu News Desk