In a move to reduce the risk of suicide bombing, cars are prohibited from driving to Baidoa from Mogadishu, according to the BBC:
Government officials say the ban will come into effect on Tuesday.
“I think taking such a decision is the only solution to boost our security,” Baidoa official Ahmed Maddey Issak told the AFP news agency.
The 250km Mogadishu-Baidoa road is peppered with checkpoints amid fears of a war involving neighbouring Ethiopia.
Addressing the symptoms could make sense here. But there is a curious caveat to the new rule:
The BBC’s Mohammed Olad Hassan in Mogadishu says the move is unlikely to affect trade as other vehicles will still be able to travel between the two cities.
So a truck full of explosives would still be allowed? Or are we talking handcarts and bicycles?