Yaqshid District, Mogadishu, Somalia –
An undercover agent of Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) was shot dead by security forces in Mogadishu’s Yaqshid District last night.
The Somali Digest conducted interviews with reliable sources within the Yaqshid District, who confirmed how the tragic incident exactly happened.
An undercover NISA officer dressed in plain clothes declined to show his identity documents to security personnel. Upon the refusal, the officer drew a pistol, leading the security forces to open fire and ultimately resulting in his death.
Although the jihadist group al-Shabaab does not seem to be involved in this killing, the militants often conduct attacks or targeted killings in the Yaqshid District.
Insecurity in Yaqshid
On Sunday afternoon, the jihadist group assassinated Hassan Ahmed Mudey, the former Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of the HirShabelle State. Residents reported that Mudey was targeted just after leaving the mosque in Mogadishu’s Yaqshid district, where he had finished his afternoon prayer. The attackers escaped the scene before security forces arrived.
On July 2, the Yaqshid District again became a target when an IED allegedly planted by al-Shabaab claimed the lives of four police officers and injured several others. “I was taking my children to Darul Salaam Gardens when, approximately halfway along the industrial road to Darul Salaam, we suddenly heard a loud explosion followed by gunfire. I witnessed the injured soldiers being rushed to the hospital in a bajaj [a local name for a three-wheeled motor vehicle, also known as a tuk-tuk],” one of the eyewitnesses described to the Somali Digest.
Although al-Shabaab has been driven out of major urban centres in Somalia, the group still wields influence and maintains control over vast rural areas. Consequently, it continues to carry out attacks and assassinations against both security forces and civilians, including within the capital city.