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Prayers and celebrations as Somalis mark Eid
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Prayers and celebrations as Somalis mark Eid

Top leaders of Somalia have similarly extended best wishes to the Somalis around the globe on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which is one of the five pillars of Islam. Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, members of his cabinet, lawmakers and key government officials have on Thursday performed Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at Isbaheysiga mosque near Villa Somalia. Following the prayers, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble exchanged Eid greetings with the worshipers and urged them to assist the less fortunate in society at large. In a Twitter post, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo extended best wishes to the public as they celebrated this festival. ''President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has congratulated all Somalis at home and abroad. The President urged the Somali people to assist the less fortunate,'' Villa Somalia said in a Twitter post. Security in the capital was heightened and extra forces deployed on the major roads while the police checked up vehicles crossed the city in a bid to avert terrorist attacks during the festival. Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the two important celebrations in the Islamic calendar, takes place on the first day of Shawwal, following the Holy month of Ramadan. The other key celebration in the Islamic calendar is Eid-ul-Adha, which follows the annual Hajj pilgrimage completion at the time of Qurbani (sacrifice).