Somali forces have foiled several Al-shabab attacks in Somali capital, Mogadishu, Mogadishu mayor confirmed.
The city has been under security lock down since 24th February when twin car bombings and gunfire happened in the city.
Speaking to the media on Sunday in Mogadishu, the mayor, Abudirahman Omar Osman said the during lock-down Somali forces successfully thwarted bomb attacks.
“During our meeting with the security officials, we were informed the forces crippled Al-shabab bomb attacks that would have caused massive casualties if not thwarted,” Osman said.
The mayor has apologized to the residents of Mogadishu over the inconveniences caused by the closed roads.
“In recent days, you have seen the security was beefed up. Despite tightening the security, the public gave a despairing the closed roads. On behalf of the public, I discussed with the security agencies of Benadir region over the issue of reopening roads. Officials accepted our request and they also informed us that they have been forced to close the roads following the (security) threats,” the mayor explained.
The normalcy returned on Sunday after the security forces reopened roads in Mogadishu.
The government forces have stepped up the security operations in the Mogadishu following twin bomb attacks claimed by Al-shabab.
According to medics, 38 people died and over 20 others injured on 24th February in Mogadishu when two car bombs went off and followed by gunfire.
The first blast which was caused by a car driven by suicide bomber occurednear Dorbin Hotel while the second blast occurred near Somali presidential palace.
The attacks came barely a day after the ministry of security warned about imminent Al-shabab attacks.