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Normalcy returns to Mogadishu after hours-long tension

MOGADISHU (SD) – Hundreds of forces loyal to the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo amassed in Hodan district to attack recently dismissed Banadir police boss Sadak John have been pulled back thanks to the intervention by Galmudug leader, Ahmed Abdi Qorqor.

According to VOA, Qorqor directly mediated the talks between Sadiq John and senior members of the federal government and that Sadak John had been given safety assurances.

The military build-up was reported last night when Sadak John escorted by several technical vehicle moved into Circolo Ufficiale area from his house near Adan Adde International Airport.

Subsequently, hundreds of Turkish trained paramilitary forces known Haram-ad deployed on the street leading to where Sadak John positioned his forces, a move that signaled blatant crackdown decision against the man.

The move created unusual army movement that forced dozens of families to seek sanctuary from the nearby districts, fearing eruption of clashes between the forces.

Reliable sources confirmed that Sadik John returned to his residence after he was given assurances of his safety.

Meanwhile, Ali Abdi Wardere (Ali Yare), Mogadishu’s Deputy Mayor assured Mogadishu residents that there were no conflicts in the city.

“Security forces stand by day and night to thwart any attempt to disrupt security, peace and development such as the pace in Mogadishu,” he said.

 Sadak Omar Hassan aka Sadak John who had been serving Banaadir region police commissioner was fired last Monday after he suspended the Lower House session.

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