Somali parliament summons Defense NISA & Security ministers

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Somali parliament has summoned two ministers and heads of spy and law enforcement agencies barely a week after series of al-Shabaab attacks shuttered Mogadishu’s peace.

At least 45 people were killed, and more than sixty were injured in blasts and assassination attacks which took place from mid last month in Mogadishu.

The attacks were claimed by al-Shabaab which once was in control of the capital before Somali military backed by continental forces defeated the group in 2011.

In a statement by Somali parliament leadership on Wednesday, Somali Defense Minister Hassan Ali Mohamed (Amar-dambe) and his Internal Security counterpart Mohamed Abukar Islaw were asked to appear before the parliament next Saturday.

“The leadership of the parliament directs you to appear before parliament at 10:00 am on Sunday,” the statement reads in part.

The House summoned the top commissioners of Somali police and the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).

Deputy NISA Chief, Fahad Yassin and Somali Police Force Commander, Bashir Abdi Mohamed are also expected to attend Saturday House sitting.

The lawmaker will on Saturday debate on the security of the capital city and the war on al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab which now rural areas in the south of the country carries out explosions and hit and run attacks on military bases and towns.

Late last month, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo vowed to launch an offensive against al-Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia.

Acting on a directive from the Ministry for Defence, Somali National Army backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) managed to liberate Sabiid town in Lower Shabelle region.