In a successful operation, sharp-eyed security officers in the Gedo region of Somalia intercepted a vehicle that was transporting materials for making bombs in Dolow District.
This interception prevented a potentially devastating attack by Al-Shabaab militants in Jubaland state, just before the start of operations against them in the area.
The security teams seized the explosives thanks to a tip-off from local residents, who have been instrumental in ensuring the safety of the region.
Dolow District, due to its proximity to Kenya and Ethiopia, is strategically important and plays a crucial role in peacekeeping efforts in the Horn of Africa.
The District Commissioner, Mohamed Hussein Abdi, commended the security forces for their dedication to the fight against Al-Shabaab and expressed confidence in their abilities as they prepare for the second phase of operations.
This incident occurred shortly after security forces discovered a landmine planted by Al-Shabaab in the Dhobley district of Gedo.
The national army has delayed its campaigns in Jubaland and Southwest due to logistical challenges, but efforts are currently underway in central Somalia.
The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia and the US Africa Command will also be joining the fight against the militants.