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“Critical” situation in Mogadishu. EUTM Somalia deployment slowed down

(BRUSSELS2) The security level in Mogadishu has been raised to the highest level by the European authorities. The alert level was thus raised from “very high” to “critical” at the latest EU military committee, according to information received by B2. And the planned transfer of the Somali army training mission (EUTM Somalia), from Uganda to Somalia, seems to have slowed down. The latest news from the Somali capital is indeed not encouraging.

In the crosshairs, the rule of law

Around thirty civilians had already been killed in a suicide attack carried out by nine people – all dead – against the main court in Mogadishu on Sunday April 14. Around sixty people were injured. The same day, a car bomb attack against a Turkish humanitarian convoy near the secure area of ​​the airport left 5 other people dead. And the assassination this Saturday (April 27) of Somalia's deputy chief prosecutor, Ahmed Sheikh Malim Nour, only confirms this fear. Because the Shebab who suffered a military defeat seem determined not to let the new Somali state make its mark. Anything that resembles the rule of law or democracy is a target. The High Representative of the EU was not mistaken, “ strongly condemning these attacks, which in no way should diminish the remarkable progress in the country » said C. Ashton in a press release released to the press today. “ The EU is fully committed to working closely with the government and the broader international community to support the development of security and the rule of law in Somalia. she added (*).

Journalists: a dangerous profession

The hunt for journalists continues. And carrying a pen in Mogadishu could not be more dangerous. Mohamed Ibrahim Rageh, journalist for Somali National Television and Radio Mogadishu (public media), paid with his life on the evening of April 21. He was chased and shot dead by two armed men near his home. At the end of March, a Somali journalist working for a local radio had already been murdered in the city, using the same procedure (two men who opened fire on her). Since the start of the year, 4 journalists have been killed according to the national union of Somali journalists.

(*) Text translated by us from English.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).