Somalia turns to security cameras in fight against terrorism


Somalian authorities are installing security cameras along major roads in the capital of Mogadishu in the hope they will deter terrorist attacks in the volatile city.

Earlier this month, authorities began installing security cameras along some of Mogadishu’s busiest roads, including the Maka al-Mukarama, which leads to the presidential palace. Abdullahi Farah, director of policy and legal affairs at the Ministry of Security has confirmed the installation aims to deter terrorist attacks carried out by militant group al-Shabaab and reduce other criminal activities.

Questions raised over security camera plans

Abdullahi Farah says the installation of security cameras along potential targets for al-Shabaab attacks is a step forward in the country’s long-running fight against the militant group. He says the people of Somalia are happy to see the government taking proactive steps but a number of analysts have contradicted his claims by suggesting they will do little to deter suicide bombers.

Speaking to VOA, political analyst Hassan Barise will only deter terrorists who fear getting caught by the authorities, not those who willing to kill themselves in attacks, believing they will be rewarded in the afterlife.

At the weekend, Mogadishu saw the deadliest attack in more than two years after at least 90 people were killed by an explosion on a busy road in the capital.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.