Somali national intelligence chief steps down

March 26, 2013

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Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) Chief Ahmed Moalim Fiqi announced his resignation Monday (March 25th), saying it was personal but declining to further discuss his reasons.

At a news conference held in Mogadishu, Fiqi said under his leadership since May 2011, NISA has played an instrumental role in thwarting numerous al-Shabaab attacks.

"I have performed well in the 22 months I was in office and I did all my best to restore peace in Somalia" Fiqi said according to Somalia's Hiiraan Online.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud accepted Fiqi's resignation and appointed a new chief, saying the changes will not de-rail security improvements in the country.

Also on Monday, NISA officers arrested four suspected militants in a security operation in Benadir region, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

Officials say the suspects, mainly youth, were arrested while committing various crimes including lobbing grenades at government institutions and planting roadside bombs.

Security forces displayed explosives seized during the operation, and the suspects are in custody and undergoing interrogation at NISA bases in Mogadishu.

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