General Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hijar, the commander of the Somali Police Force, on Tuesday appointed Colonel Mahdi Omar Mumin to the position of police commissioner in Mogadishu.
General Farhan Mohamoud Adan Qarole, who perished in a landmine explosion in the Middle Shabelle region last month, will be replaced by Colonel Mahdi Omar.
General Abdi Hassan Hijar issued a decree ordering other police officers to cooperate with Colonel Mahdi and directing the new commander to carry out his responsibilities as soon as possible.
The headquarters of Somalia’s special police forces unit, Harmacad (Cheetah), was renamed Brigadier General Farhan Mohamud Adan Qorole on October 3 to honour his valour and the legacy he left behind. This was done by Police Force commander General Abdi Hassan Hijar.
In order to defend Somalis from militants, fallen General Farhan Qarole and other soldiers gave their time and lives, according to former president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, prime minister Hamza Abdi Barre, and the president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
The commander, his two bodyguards, and the police correspondent for the Somali state media were all killed in the blast near the Bal’ad district, 35 kilometres north of Mogadishu.