Somalia Security Brief Dec 14, 2010 - Critical Threats
Al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamed Rage, also known as Ali Dhere, refuted claims that five al Shabaab militants surrendered to the Ahlu Sunna wa al Jama’a administration in the Galgudud region. He said that the youths were not members of al Shabaab.
Al Shabaab issued a statement that reported the group’s public stoning to death of an alleged rapist in Berdaale in Bay region in southern Somalia on December 10. The statement says that the 30-year-old man, Adam Isaac Adam, raped a Muslim girl at knife-point. He confessed to his crime and was then sentenced to death.
The Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo met with Puntland’s President Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud Farole in Djibouti. Topics of discussion included security cooperation, decentralization, and the completion of the transitional tasks laid out for the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Somalia by the UN.
UN-supported Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) reports that the price of basic commodities in Afmadow in the Jubba region, which is to the south of Mogadishu, have risen sharply due to food shortages. Maize, a staple in Somalia, now costs $25 for a 50kg bag, up from $12 two months ago. Aid agencies are unable to operate in southern Somalia because the area is under al Shabaab’s control, which has threatened international humanitarian agencies. IRIN reports that many residents are fleeing to Kenya to escape the food and water shortages.
Shabelle Media Network reports that an AMISOM tank rammed into the Shabelle Radio building in Mogadishu Monday afternoon. Shabelle had relocated from Bakara Market in June, when it had come under repeated threats from al Shabaab and Hizb al Islam.