Mayor Orders Two Major Local Telephone Firms to Stop Operating in Mogadishu in Somalia


Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohammed Dheere, announced last Sunday that two major local telephone companies, Hormood and Telecom Somalia, branches in Heliwa district, north of the Somali capital, could not operate from today forward.

Dheere accused the firms of assisting insurgents battling with the transitional government and Ethiopian troops based in Mogadishu.

The mayor has also pointed that a large collection of various weapons were seized in the government's latest house-to-house search operations in Shibis neighborhood, north of the capital, on Sunday. In decree issued from his office, the mayor said insurgents fired gunshot at the Somali troops while the shots were coming from Hormood building in Heliwa.

It said large number of weaponries was confiscated from Telcom Somalia as the company only gave up four small guns when the government notified the company to surrender all of its arms. This was done after the troops searched Telecom Somalia.

In news conference he held in Mogadishu after the decree, Dheere told journalists that 4 people were arrested by the government soldiers after were incarcerated while making impoverished explosives. "They will face the justice very soon," he said.

Meanwhile one person was killed and at least ten were wounded in twin grenade explosions in Mogadishu's biggest market. Witnesses said most of the victims were hit by bullets fired by the government soldiers after the blasts.

(Source: Shabelle Media Network)