The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) announced that they have intercepted a second container at the Mogadishu Port, containing military equipment intended for Al-Shabaab. This seizure came just days after a similar incident occurred on Wednesday. Furthermore, an explosive device was also seized at Aden Adde Airport, which was imported from abroad and intended for Al-Shabaab’s use.
According to the Minister of State for Security, Mohamed Ali Hagaa, NISA has been working tirelessly to prevent Al-Shabaab from receiving weapons and equipment that could be used to harm the people of Somalia. This announcement is welcomed news, which highlights the government’s commitment to countering terrorism in the country actively.
NISA also noted that despite they remain vigilant in their efforts to stop illegal arms smuggling into Somalia. The agency has noted an increase in such activities during the pandemic due to the disruption of international trade, creating opportunities for illicit arms dealers to exploit the situation.
This latest seizure not only marks another win for NISA, but it also sends a clear message that any attempt to smuggle arms to terrorist organizations in Somalia will be met with a robust response from the government. The Minister of State for Security emphasized that the government is determined to eradicate terrorism in the country and protect its citizens from harm.
Al-Shabaab, a militant Islamist group originating from Somalia, has waged a long insurgency against the country’s government, seeking to establish an Islamic state. The group has been responsible for numerous attacks on civilians and military targets, both within Somalia and in neighboring countries.
In the past, the group has been linked to numerous illicit arms deals, which have enabled them to carry out their violent activities. However, with the continued efforts of NISA, it is hoped that the group’s access to such weaponry will be severely restricted.
The NISA’s recent success in intercepting illegal arms shipments reflects the government’s strong commitment to countering terrorism in Somalia.