July 3, 2012 ·24 Comments
MOGADISHU — Somali security forces detained three suspected militants of al Shabaab on Tuesday in Yaqshid district in the Somali capital wearing burka, police say.
Mohamed Mahmoud Yalahow, the district police chief of Yaqashid, said the three individuals were arrested in the area while they were robbing one of the shops.
Mr. Yalahow and the district governor Mr. Muhudin Hassan Julus displayed the men to local media during a press conference in Mogadishu. Mr. Yalahow said two men were wearing buqra, an Islamic dress code for women, to disguise themselves. He did not say whether they had weapons or explosives with them.
Media reports said the father of one of the detainees who spoke there said he was in total shock to see his son arrested in a dress.
Local authority claim they belong to al Shabaab but it is not clear whether they were just local gangs looking for cash or militants.
Some of the residents fear they will be wrongly prosecuted if they were just a gang robbing the shop.
Somalia has not had a functioning government for 21 years and security remains a big challenge.
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