Somalia – 12 February 2016

Al Shabaab Changes Tack, Plans Attacks Disguised As Peacekeepers

Somalia militants Al Shabaab are planning to attack liberated areas disguised in uniforms stolen from the African peacekeepers.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Madeira warned Thursday of the sinister plot.

Madeira –an Amisom head–said Al-Shabaab is plotting to strike in communities in the liberated areas that are currently enjoying peace and appealed to the Somalia public to be on the lookout and guard against such manipulations.


Diplomats stress need for trust on trip to Puntland

A group of international diplomats led by new United Nations envoy to Somalia Ambassador Michael Keating has returned to Mogadishu without concrete steps being taken towards the sticky issue of 4.5 quota, Garowe Online reports.

At a joint media briefing with Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali before jetting off at Garowe airport, Keating underlined that they have sensed differences of views regarding newly adopted electoral proposal.

“[Diplomats] came to learn more about our position on Somalia future, consolidation of peace process, 2016 elections and proposal endorsed by international community,” said Puntland President.

Garowe Online