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Al-Shabaab was driven out of the capital in 2011 by Somali and AU troops, but the terror group continued to stage deadly attacks in an attempt to oust the UN-backed Somali government.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Somali government said that its security forces arrested 10 Al-Shabaab members during an operation in Mogadishu, after receiving a tip-off from the residents.
A statement from the Ministry of Information said that the overnight operation was carried out by the soldiers of the Intelligence agency [NISA] who took over three facilities belonging to Al-Shabaab.
NISA soldiers have destroyed a terrorist network in Mogadishu operation on Friday night and arrested 10 militants working on acts against security," reads the statement in part.
Early reports obtained by KON suggested that the detainees were among would-be suicide attackers from Al-Shabaab. It is unclear their target and the time of their foiled attack.
In a planned security operation in Mogadishu, our Special Forces have apprehended 10 Alshabab terrorists, seized three different houses they were secretly operating, their weapons and vehicles they were using," NISA tweeted.
The ministry added that NISA averted an impending terrorist attack in the city, thanks to the residents who tipped off the security forces who acted quickly and detained the members of Al-Shabaab.
Al-Shabaab was driven out of the capital in 2011 by Somali and AU troops, but the terror group continued to stage deadly attacks in an attempt to oust the UN-backed government.