The Somali Ministry of Information said that the intelligence services thwarted a terrorist attack that was targeting a garden located near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu.
“The terrorist attack was planning to target the Peace Park near the presidential palace in central Mogadishu, which is visited by citizens daily,” the statement issued by the ministry said on Monday.
The statement indicated that “a force from the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency managed, two days ago, to dismantle a terrorist cell consisting of two groups, one of which is charged with bombings, and the other is charged with attacking the target after detonating it.”
According to the Ministry of Information, the security services seized explosive belts that were prepared to be inserted into the Peace Park, to cause harm to citizens.
This process comes at a time when the capital, Mogadishu, did not witness any bombing two months ago, in the wake of assigning special military police forces to secure it.
On the other hand, the Somali army announced the arrest of 3 leaders of the Al-Shabaab movement during a military operation in the state of Galmudj, central Somalia.
Government forces have launched military attacks against the youth movement for several months, and have been able to recover large parts of the center of the country from the movement, which is still spread in large rural areas and launches repeated attacks, some of which targeted the capital, Mogadishu.