Somalia bans trucks and tankers from entering Mogadishu

Somalia authorities have banned trucks and tankers from entering the capital, Mogadishu, during the day, in a move meant to curb deadly attacks carried out using such vehicles.

The ban comes following two attacks that jointly left at least 377 people dead and hundreds others injured.

Earlier this week, top security officials were fired following those attacks carried out on 14 and 28 October.

The first attack was labelled the biggest in the Horn of African country’s history, and was condemned by world leaders.

Somalia-based jihadist group al-Shabaab denied being behind that attack, but claimed responsibility for the second.

The militants, who have links to al-Qaeda, say they targeted the hotel on Saturday because it was frequented by security officials and politicians.

The al-Shabab gunmen were dressed as members of the security forces – apparently helping them enter the hotel unchallenged – but Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman has disputed allegations they had official IDs.

Al-Shabaab has waged a near-decade war in Somalia, seeking to enforce a strict sharia-based system of governance.

The war has killed thousands and forced millions others to flee their homes.

President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ has pledged to stage an offensive against the militant group in a bid to crush it entirely.