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    Somalia forbids the wearing of face masks in the capital due to security concerns.

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    Mogadishu

    Due to security concerns, authorities in Somalia have outlawed the wearing of face masks in the city, Mogadishu.

    Salah Dheere, the Mogadishu administration’s spokesperson, stated that masks were worn to conceal identities and assist criminal activity.

    The masks were commonly utilised throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Authorities also made it illegal to wear caps or carry guns on public transportation.

    The restriction does not, however, apply to traditional sunnah caps worn by seniors.

    The decision was made during a recent security meeting in Mogadishu presided over by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

    For years, Somalia has been plagued by insecurity, with the extremist organisation al-Shabab being the most serious threat.

    The al-Qaeda-affiliated group has increased its attacks in a display of rebirth after President Mohamud’s administration launched an offensive against it in August 2022.

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