Somalia security minister quits over parliament attack

Hussein Guled took over the security portfolio in his restive country only 20 months ago

Somalia security minister quits over parliament attack

World Bulletin/News Desk

Somalia's National Security Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled resigned late Saturday, only hours after 27 people were killed in a daring attack on the parliament headquarters in the capital Mogadishu.

Guled took over the security portfolio in his restive country only 20 months ago, but he was under immense pressure from parliament during recent months, having been accused of failing to bring order to the streets of Somalia.

He told the government's radio on Saturday that he decided to step down.

At least 27 people, including several Somali soldiers, were killed on Saturday in an attack on the parliament building in Mogadishu.

Two African peacekeepers were also killed in the attack and four others injured, according spokesperson for the African Union Mission in Somalia Gen. Ali Hamed.

The attack, which was immediately claimed by the militant Al-Shabaab movement, came shortly after a booby-trapped car went off outside the building.

The parliament was in session at the time of the attack and many lawmakers were given aid by policemen to exit the building.

Somalia, a long-troubled Horn of Africa country, has been in the grip of violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

 

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