Cars banned in Somalia

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?

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