Somalia shake-up


Somalia’s president announced a shake-up of the country’s security chiefs and a replacement for Mogadishu mayor after Abdirahman Omar Osman died following a suicide bomb attack.

Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which aims to topple Somalia’s UN-backed government, claimed responsibility for bombing of Osman’s office by a blind female member of his staff.

Omar Mohamud Mohamed takes the place of the late mayor, who fled Somalia for Britain as a refugee and had years of experience as a councillor in London before returning home to help rebuild his war-torn country.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo named new heads of national intelligence, police and army, his office said in a statement.

Former journalist Fahad Yasin, becomes head of the National Intelligence Security Agency (NISA), after being acting chief for the last 10 months.

Commander of operations in the army Odowa Yusuf Rage was named overall commander of the military, while Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hajar will head up the police.