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Somalia terror suspect remanded

A 23-year old man suspected of planning terror attacks in Somalia has been remanded in custody by Gothenburg District Court.

The man, who is of Somali origin, is charged with conspiracy to commit acts of terror.

The man’s mother told Göteborgs-Posten that her son had been in Somalia for about a year, together with his wife and their young child. He was arrested on Tuesday and has been held in custody since then.

Sweden’s security police, Säpo, revealed several months ago that around 10 people from Sweden were believed to be at terrorist training camps in Somalia, or were otherwise involved in terrorism in the war-torn African country. ‘A handful’ of Swedish passport holders had also been found dead following battles in the country.

Most of the Swedes involved in Somali terrorist activities are believed to have been members of al-Shabaab, an organization with links to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. A recruitment film called ‘At your Service, Osama,’ was released in Kenya last year and showed images from battles in Mogadishu.

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SOMALIA

Swedish citizen appointed next prime minister of Somalia

A Swedish-Somali engineer has been named the new prime minister of Somalia after his predecessor was ousted by a no-confidence vote.

Swedish citizen appointed next prime minister of Somalia
Mohamed Hussein Roble, centre, came to Sweden in 1992 and got his citizenship five years later. Photo: Somali Presidents' Office
Mohamed Hussein Roble came to Sweden in 1992, shortly after the armed coup that thrust the country into its long civil war. He became a Swedish citizen five years later. 
 
In 2000, he gained his masters in Environmental Technology and Sustainable Infrastructure from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. 
 
Most recently, he has been working for the International Labour Organisation in Nairobi, Kenya. 
 
 
Roble's appointment was announced by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Friday, with Abdinur Mohamed, his deputy chief of staff tweeting out a picture of the new prime minister on Friday. 
The appointment still needs to be confirmed by a vote of country's parliament. 
 
In a statement, President Farmajo called on Roble to “immediately form a capable government that will lead the country to elections and make significant efforts to consolidate security gains, rebuild the armed forces, develop infrastructure, expand basic services.” 
 
 
 
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