Somalia's capital is on lockdown

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Somalia's capital is on lockdown a day before the parliament meets to elect a new president, with ongoing security concerns and warnings of famine expected to top the agenda for the incoming administration.
Roads in Mogadishu were closed, businesses asked to shut, and schools and universities gave students a two-day break.
In the run-up to the election, al-Shabab fighters have stepped up their attacks against government installations and hotels in the capital.
Bishar Abshir, Mogadishu police chief, reporters that security forces were working to ensure that the election is concluded peacefully, adding that the government appeals to the public to be patient and cooperate with them as they deter the enemies of peace from carrying out attacks.

Al-Shabab, which aims to topple the country's UN-backed government, has carried out hundreds of attacks in Somalia.


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