NISA kills more al-Shabaab militants in Somali capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The National Intelligence and Security Agency [NISA] killed at least 12 al-Shabaab militants in the country, following an operation that was launched in the capital, Mogadishu, which was recently infiltrated by the al-Qaida-linked group.
In the past three weeks, at least two explosions have been recorded in Mogadishu, killing 10 and injuring dozens. Al-Shabaab activists have claimed responsibility for the recent deadly attack that targeted a security company guarding UN offices.
NISA officials on Wednesday confirmed that a crackdown in Mogadishu paid off after 12 activists were killed in the operation. Activists are believed to be behind the wave of insecurity in Mogadishu.
“A special operation this evening targeted 15 AS Mafia officers tasked with disrupting security in the capital Mogadishu. Twelve terrorists were killed. It is a national duty to protect the safety and security of the Somali people, ”the NISA statement read.
Somali detectives added that the operation targeted 15 terrorists but three managed to escape. However, the force did not say exactly where the operation was carried out or whether the other three were caught or managed to escape the police net.
Sources say the operation was sparked by a bomb explosion last week that killed eight people, injured 17 and badly destroyed a nearby school in Mogadishu. The attack was condemned by various members of the international community, including the United States.
Earlier this week, NISA agents managed to unearth explosives in Mogadishu, arresting three people in the process. The government has stepped up operations against militants, particularly in central and southern Somalia.
Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee told Congress on Wednesday that Washington wants AMISOM to be reconfigured to help contain the political fallout in addition to helping in the fight against Al militants. -Shabaab in Somalia.
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