mogadishuTwo Somali policemen were killed and four others wounded after suspected Islamist insurgents attacked two different police posts in the capital, Mogadishu, witnesses and police officials said Tuesday.



“One policeman was killed and two others were wounded when a remote controlled device hidden near their post was detonated,” police spokesman Lance Corporal Abdullahi Ibrahim told Xinhua. ” Two others were also wounded in another location when a hand grenade was thrown at them by the usual trouble makers.”

But a number of witnesses at the scene of the attack said two policemen died in the roadside bomb blast near the Jaale Siyad Academy in the south of the city.

“Two policemen died and other two were severely injured in the explosion near the Academy,” Ali Yare who was at the scene of the explosion told Xinhua.

In another development, Idris Osman, the World Food Program ( WFP) official in Mogadishu , was released by the Somali government after he had been in government detention for nearly a week following his arrest last Wednesday by armed men from the National Security Service who stormed his office.

The Somali government did not issue any reason for his release but government officials said last week Osman was arrested for ” crimes he committed”and is under investigation.

The release of the WFP official comes only hours after Banadir regional administration ordered that all detainees in Mogadishu prisons be tried or released within 48 hours because they said their detention longer than 24 hours without trail is unconstitutional.

The arrest of Osman prompted international condemnation and WFP suspended aid distribution to thousands of people in Mogadishu who depend on food handouts from aid agencies.

Hundreds of displaced people who fled from the upsurge of violence in the restive Somali city staged demonstration protesting the arrest of the UN official in Mogadishu last Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua

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