Somalia Fires Police Commissioner and Head of Intelligence

Somali men carry the body of a victim who died in the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, on Oct..15.

Photographer: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP via Getty Images

Somalia’s government fired its police chief and the head of the nation’s intelligence agency at a cabinet meeting on Sunday, state-owned Radio Mogadishu reported, citing Security Minister Mohamed Abukar Islow.

Abdullahi Mohamed Ali and Abdihakim Dahir Saacid were relieved of their duties after security lapses that resulted in a truck bomb that killed more than 300 people on Oct. 14, the nation’s deadliest single attack, according to the report.

The two officials were fired a day after al-Shabaab militia detonated two car bombs in the capital, Mogadishu, killing 26 people. The al-Qaeda-linked group has waged a decade-long war to impose its version of Islamic law in Somalia. While al-Shabaab was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, it still stages regular gun and bomb attacks.

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