Somali forces arrest another 3 al-Shabab militants in southern town
London, July 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Somali forces have apprehended three al-Shabab militants in a security operation conducted on Sunday in Kismayo town, southern Somalia, an official said on Monday.
Somali National Army (SNA)’s Division 11th commander Mohamed Hassan Badal said the arrests were made after the forces got reliable intelligence on the militants’ presence on the road outside of Kismayo city.
“The militants sneaked in a public bus en route to the city and our forces intercepted them. We detained three militants and confiscated explosive materials in their possession,” Badal said.
The army man added the captured militants are now in government prison set for militants in Kismayo town.
On July 12 the militants carried out a terrorist attack at a hotel in Kismayo town killing at least 26 people including foreign nationals and injured 56 others.
The Somali government has vowed to avenge the killings and has so far conducted a series of operations in the Lower Juba region.
The latest arrest comes just two days after Somali army killed three Al-Shabaab militants on Friday evening in an operation conducted in Awdinle town in the southern region of Bay, an official said on Saturday.
Ibrahim Mohamed Nour, governor of Awdinle town, told journalists that Somali forces launched an attack on Al-Shabaab extremists following a tip-off from the residents saying the militants were forcing Awdinle residents to pay compulsory taxes.
“The operation resulted in the killing of three Al-Shabaab militants and the capture of another one alive. Weapons and ammunitions were also recovered from the militants,” said Nour, adding that the captured militant is under the custody of government forces.