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SOMALIA: FOUR AL SHABAAB MILITANTS DETAINED; FOUR SOLDIERS INJURED IN LANDMINE BLAST

MOGADISHU, -- Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency on Tuesday arrested four Al-Shabaab militants on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu, an official said.

Ministry of Internal Security spokesman, Abdikamil Moalim Shukri, said the security forces seized a car carrying explosive materials, followed by an operation that led to the capture of the four militants in Elasha-biyaha, south of Mogadishu.

Shukri said the militants were planning to carry out attacks in Mogadishu.

The Somali army, backed by the African Union peacekeeping troops, has made progress in the fight against Al-Shabaab in the past months, however the Islamist group is still able to stage periodic attacks in the country.

Meanwhile, at least four security officers were injured in Puntland State of northeast Somalia on Tuesday after a landmine hit their vehicle.

Colonel Abdirisak Diriye Farah, commander for Puntland State said the explosion extensively destroyed the security officers' vehicle at Gal-gala Mountains in Bari region.

Farah told reporters that the explosion targeted two vehicles from Gal-gala Mountains which were heading towards the coastal town of Bosaso.

"Four of our security forces were injured in a landmine blast near army base in Gal-gala Mountains in Bari region. The vehicles were extensively damaged and the soldiers are hospitalized at the moment," he said.

Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the latest attack. The security forces said they are in pursuit of those behind the attack.

Source: Name News Network