Mogadishu | May 18, 2023 – In a remarkable display of counter-terrorism efforts, the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) of Somalia has successfully intercepted two shipments of illegal cargo intended for the extremist group Al-Shabaab. One seizure occurred at the port of Mogadishu, while the other was made at the city’s airport. The joint operations resulted in the apprehension of individuals involved in the illicit trade, including licensed businessmen authorized for importation.
At the port of Mogadishu, NISA personnel discovered a shipment of military hardware and explosive materials concealed within containers posing as authorized imports. The meticulous investigation led to the arrest of 10 individuals associated with the smuggling network, dealing a significant blow to the logistical support system of Al-Shabaab. Additionally, four vehicles, intended to transport the smuggled weapons, were seized, further disrupting the illicit supply chain.
Simultaneously, at the airport, NISA intercepted another illegal cargo intended for the terrorist group. This operation exposed the involvement of licensed businessmen who were authorized to import goods but were abusing their privileges to facilitate the illicit trade. The individuals responsible for this shipment were promptly arrested, preventing the intended support to Al-Shabaab.
The successful interceptions of these illegal arms shipments at both the port and airport demonstrate the vigilance and effectiveness of the Somali security forces. By dismantling the networks involved in the illicit trade, NISA has effectively curtailed the flow of weapons and resources that would have fueled terrorism in the region.
The seized military hardware, explosive materials, and other illegal cargo pose a significant threat to the stability and security of the nation. The proper disposal and neutralization of these items, conducted under the supervision of NISA experts, have mitigated the potential danger they posed to innocent lives and security forces.
The Somali government commends the swift action and professionalism of NISA and its partners in combating terrorism and safeguarding the nation. Authorities stress the importance of continued cooperation among law enforcement agencies and international partners to effectively counter illicit arms trafficking and disrupt the financial networks supporting extremist groups like Al-Shabaab.
Efforts are underway to strengthen security measures at the port, airport, and other entry points to prevent future smuggling attempts. The Somali government remains resolute in its commitment to dismantle networks supporting terrorism, holding accountable all individuals involved in the illegal arms trade, regardless of their professional licenses.
These successful operations serve as a testament to the dedication and determination of the Somali security forces to protect the country and its citizens from the menace of terrorism. The Somali people can take pride in the commitment of their government to ensure their safety, uphold the rule of law, and maintain peace and stability throughout the nation.
Sources: SONNA | By Abdiqani Abdullahi