Fahad Yasin launches an attack on new Spy boss

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Somalia’s former spy chief Fahad Yasin has launched a stinging attack on the new director of the Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) Mahad Salad, who had been appointed just a few weeks ago.

In a rare interview, Yasin said if Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud “had known Mahad, he would not have named him” and raised concern that secrets shared by spies with the new director might easily be found by outsiders.

It follows a day after former acting Somali spy boss Yasin Farey repeated NISA claims that a female spy Ikran Tahlil, who had gone missing last year, was killed Al-Shabaab, though the Al-Qaeda affiliate earlier denied the assertion. Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble also called the explanation unsatisfactory and pointed finger at senior officials within NISA.

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