Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh
Ahmed is expected to arrive in the capital, Mogadishu today (Friday) from
holding meetings with Tripoli about strengthening bilateral ties. President
Sheikh Sharif arrives a day after an assassination attempt on the life of
Interior Minister Sheikh
Abdulkadir Ali Omar that
left at least two people dead late Thursday. The government sharply condemned
the attack, vowing to continue with its effort to restore stability in the
capital, Mogadishu. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the
attempted assassination, hard line insurgent group, al-Shabaab is suspected of
carrying out the attack. Described by Washington as a terrorist organization
with close links to Al Qaeda, al-Shabaab has refused to recognize the new
Abdisalam Guled is spokesman for the new Somali prime
minister. He tells reporter Peter Clottey that Somalis are expressing anger
over Thursday's assassination attempt.
the president is expected to come into the country today (Friday) from Djibouti
where he had a stop over from his Libya trip. While there he discussed several
issues including the important issues on the ground here with the Libyan
authorities. He has been out for a quite a while and so now coming back it will
give us great energy so things would move faster on the ground," Guled pointed
described the assassination attempt on the interior minister as sinister.
is actually unfortunate what happened today. Mogadishu was and still is one of
the most violent places on earth, but what we are trying to do and the hope we
have is much different than what Mogadishu used to be. The interior minister's
assassination attempt was actually deliberate to kill him, but luckily he
escaped. But one of his secretaries was immediately killed on the spot and one
of his body guards was injured. The minister himself was injured but he was
able to walk away in one piece walking on his feet when he left the place of
the assassination attempt," he said.
said the government is working on plans to end insurgent attacks in the
capital, Mogadishu as well as the entire country.
have already discussed with the security agencies and we also discussed
possibilities with the communities as well as religious leaders and the leaders
of armed groups in Somalia about the need to restore peace to the country. It
is important for us to take very tactful initiatives and missions to respond
responsibly to these kinds of attacks, which cannot be accepted," Guled pointed
said the lack of gainful employment among Somali youth could be one
contributing factor to the escalated violence.
know the people in Mogadishu or the people in Somalia and the reason why these
young talented soldiers or guys are willing to take these kind s of action
(violence) and the reason why they are so vulnerable is because they have
nothing else to do. They have no hope and so one of our methods or strategies
is to create hope for these people and to create other means and channels in
life for them. By doing that it will derail or minimize the risks these guys
are going through and putting other people's lives too," he said.
described as productive the prime minister's meeting with members of some
international bodies about the progress of Somalia after at least 18 years of
the prime minister had a meeting with the head of the U.N in Somalia as well as
the head of the UNDP of Somalia. And the discussion was about how to bring
Somalia to stand on its feet and how to actually empower the people and
empowering the people means to create jobs to create that life worth living for
the ordinary Somali," Guled noted.
Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar Thursday survived an assassination attempt in the
capital, Mogadishu following a roadside bomb blast. His secretary and another
government official were killed in the assassination attempt although the
interior minister survived the blast.
Ali Omar is
reportedly a close ally of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and has been
the leader of the armed wing of the former Islamist opposition group led by the
current president. Political observers saw his membership in the Somali
government as crucial, especially in the reconciliation efforts between the
former Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and armed opposition