MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 7 (UPI) -- Somali warlords Tuesday began living up to promises to dismantle cash-collecting militia checkpoints in the capital of Mogadishu.
National Security Minister Mohamed Khanyare Afrah, a former warlord, was the first to close his and disband his militia, the BBC said.
In all, more than 10 of 43 longstanding blockades were dismantled Tuesday.
Last month, three key Mogadishu warlords who spent years fighting each other, began to merge their militias into a joint force, and some 1,400 men have been sent to training camps outside the capital.
President Abdullahi Yusuf was elected last October by a transitional parliament based in neighboring Kenya after two years of talks aimed at ending 14 years of warfare and anarchy, but Yusuf has said he finds Mogadishu too dangerous for the government to return.
Instead, he favors the cities of Baidoa or Jowhar as a temporary haven.