Al-Shabab has issued a statement statement claiming responsibility to have conducted three (3) separate attacks in the capital Mogadishu.
The terrorist group claimed to have killed two government forces in an ambush assault in Mori area of Afgooye city in southwest of the capital Mogadishu.
The group claimed another raid where it killed three members of Somali security and intelligence forces (NISA) and seized their pistols in a special operation carried out by their operatives in Waberi district of Mogadishu.
Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility of the assassination of a lieutenant of the Somalia government forces identified as Mohamed Osman in the district of Darkinli in the capital Mogadishu.
The frequent attacks in the city of Mogadishu, which serves as both the political and administrative capital of Somalia and which hosts military bases besides other heavily fortified government complexes suggests of group’s tactical capability on steady increase.
While intelligence reported of large groups of approximately 60-120 fighters being assigned on a mission previously, the terrorists are opting small units (1-10 fifgters) to avoid detection and suffering casualties by unexpected precision airstrikes.
The ability of the terrorists to move to the center of the capital, do assassinations, plant IEDs, lay ambush attacks and even detonate SVBIEDs near security checkpoints and the target is worrying and can be viewed as Shabaab’s new strategy to counter current security measures in the capital besides demonstrating their sharpened skills.