Somalia Govt Bans Face Masks In Mogadishu Over Insecurity

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Somalia’s government have banned the wearing of face masks in the capital, Mogadishu, due to security concerns.

The spokesperson of the Mogadishu administration, Salah Dheere, said that wearing of masks was being used to hide identity and facilitate criminal activities.

It would be recalled that the masks were widely used during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Authorities also outlawed wearing of hats and carrying of weapons in public transport.

However, traditional sunnah hats worn by elders are exempted from the ban.

The decision to ban the wearing of face masks was made during a recent security meeting in Mogadishu, chaired by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Somalia has been plagued by insecurity for years, with the main threats emanating from the al-Shabab militant group.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated group has stepped up attacks in a show of resurgence since President Mohamud’s government launched an offensive against the group in August 2022.