Somalia, the Africa Union and the United Nations officials on Thursday agreed on key measures to deter future terrorist attacks following a crisis meeting held in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
The Joint Crisis Management Team meeting that was attended by securities chiefs and senior UN and AU officials reviewed the recent bomb attack in Mogadishu in which more than 358 people were killed and over 200 others injured.
In a statement issued after the meeting, Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, noted that the consultation was meant to avert and mitigate future incidents, through improved security and enhanced coordination.
Mulongo said the meeting agreed on putting in place some mitigating measures of better response in future.
“We have a technical team that is going to work out more details in terms of sequence and form of response and how quickly that response can be, and secondly, we shall have our efforts coordinated in a manner that is more orderly and ensure that command and control issues are properly fleshed out,” he said.
The AU official noted that the meeting also agreed to have a standby team to respond to future incidents.
Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the Somali National Army (SNA) Abdiweli Jama Hussein lauded the international community for the swift response in the aftermath of the incident but noted that a lot still remains to be done and appealed for more support.
Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Somalia Raisedon Zenenga said that though the meeting will take stock of the Oct. 14 terror incident, there is need to focus on post-blast initiatives.
“Now that the recovery operations are over and we are in the period of reconstruction and rebuilding, the main task falls on our UN Development Program and UN Office for Project Services colleagues who are helping the government to assess the structural damage to the remaining buildings and what can be done to reconstruct the buildings and also to build the capacity that has been lost in the adjacent ministries,” he said. Enditem