Somali security service says major Al Shabaab terror attacks foiled
MOGADISHU – Somali security services have foiled major terror attacks aimed to maim civilians for the last couple of days in the southern region near the capital of Mogadishu.
In a post tweeted by Somalia’s Ministry of internal security, said the army forces destroyed multiple VBIEDs following a coordinated infantry assault that was carried out in Lower Shabelle region.
It did not mention where the military forces carried out the operation against al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate group in Somalia
Last month, the Islamic militant group carried out coordinated attacks on US and EU troops in Somalia which draw more international attention.
The militant group launched suicide and gun attack on Baledogle, a military airbase, some 60 miles outside Mogadishu where U.S. and Somali forces use as a base.
But, no US or Somali soldier was killed in the attack, said in a statement released by US Africom command.
The group also carried out a second attack targeted a convoy of E.U. military advisers in the capital, Mogadishu.
The E.U. convoy attack also involved a VBIED, killing only two civilians, a witness and police said.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.