Police ban on parking pavement of arterial roads in Mogadishu

Somali police have said no vehicle will be allowed to be parked main roads in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

In a statement, Somali police deputy commissioner General Zakia Hussein vowed the government will confiscate vehicles parked the pavements of the roads.

“We are making clear that any car found parked there, will be towed the security agencies,” said Zakia.
The commissioner said the move was adopted to maintain peace and order in the city.

“Due to the security reasons, we hereby to announce that police ban on parking pavement of arterial roads in Mogadishu,” she stated.

Previously, several cars parked alongside the city’s road went off killing a number of pedestrians and injured others.

The move comes amid Somali forces stepped up operations to smoke out al-Shabaab sleeping cells in the city.
In a number of operations of the government forces several al-Shabaab suspects and other individuals linked to the group.

Al-Shabaab lost the control of the city in 2011 after its fighters were defeated by Somali forces backed troops from African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Since then the government forces have been pushing al-Shabaab out of the major towns in south and central Somalia.