Security forces clash in Mogadishu leaves four National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) agents dead. The confrontation involving government forces erupted yesterday in the Hamar Jajab district, resulting in casualties among NISA personnel. The incident highlights the ongoing challenges that government forces face within the capital city.
Hamar Jajab district, Mogadishu, SOMALIA.
Eyewitnesses told the Somali Digest that the clash involved undercover NISA agents and the Somali National Army (SNA) personnel. Tragically, four NISA members lost their lives during the fight. In addition to the fatalities, a civilian who happened to be walking along the road sustained injuries due to the exchange of gunfire between the two sides.
The safety and security of civilians should always be paramount in any military operation or engagement. Government forces must exercise utmost caution and employ tactics that prioritise the protection of innocent lives. The general public’s welfare should remain a top priority even amidst internal challenges that security forces face.
Previous similar incident
Similar unfortunate incidents occasionally happen in Somalia’s capital. In late July, an undercover NISA agent was shot dead by security forces in Mogadishu’s Yaqshid district. The Somali Digest interviewed reliable sources within the district who confirmed how the tragedy occurred. The 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.
The Somali government must work towards improving the coordination and communication channels between different security agencies to minimise the risk of such internal clashes. By fostering a culture of collaboration and information sharing, the likelihood of unintended confrontations can be significantly reduced.
Additionally, continuous training and capacity building for security personnel can contribute to better decision-making and conflict-resolution techniques, ultimately reducing the likelihood of incidents.