Somalia: Police and intelligence chiefs fired as death toll in twin bomb attack rises to 27

The Somali government fired its police and intelligence chiefs on Sunday as the death toll from recent bomb attack at a central hotel in Mogadishu rose to 27. The latest toll was given by Security Minister Mohamed Abukar Islow at a cabinet meeting. «After long discussion by the cabinet ministers, they unanimously agreed to fire intelligence agency boss Abdillahi Mohamed Sanbalooshe and police... Еще chief Abdihakim Dahir Said,» stated the Ministry of Information spokesperson Abdirahman Omar Osman. The dismissal of the officials comes soon after Somalia's defence minister and army commander resigned on October 12, two days before a massive blast killed more than 350 people. General Abdi Jama Warsame was named as a new army chief while the defence minister post still remains vacant. Al-Shabaab militants said it carried out Saturday's attack. The group was ousted from Mogadishu in 2011 and have been losing territory ever since, but their capacity to launch large bomb attacks has continued. Al-Shabaab's troop strength was estimated at 7,000 to 9,000 militants in 2014, and is engaged in combat against the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

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