AMISOM troops from Ugandan contingent together with the Somali National Army have today captured an assortment of weapons and ammunition from al Shabaab suspects in the capital Mogadishu.
These were seized at the Asuman Atto Garage in Mogadishu town during a cordon and search operation conducted Sunday morning.
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Also recovered were sipper riffles with attached telescopes, anti-tanker bombs and various types of guns and ammunition.
The discovery has raised fresh fears that the Al Shabaab militants could have been planning a huge military operation in the capital.
The militants have in recent week stepped up deadly attacks on key government installations including the presidential palace in which several guards were killed.
Al Shabaab are now employing the guerrilla warfare style to assassinate leaders and perpetuate an era of terror and fear in Mogadishu as one way of destabilising the country.
The AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Silas Ntigurirwa says such operations are part of the wider effort to improve security in Mogadishu and Somalia in general.
“Since we launched operation Eagle, we also launched the cordon and search in Mogadishu which is a bigger activity conducted by AMISOM troops, particularly sector one which is occupied by UPDF forces, jointly, with the Somali National Army, with NISA and Somali people,” he said.
Ntigurirwa further noted that some of the weaponry captured was already assembled and loaded for use and could have been used to cause extensive harm to the Somali people.
“Today we conducted a cordon and search in Mogadishu and we captured a lot of military equipment, which you can see here and some of it was already fixed, for example, you can see this ammunition which was already fixed to be used this night,” he added.
“Because of our cooperation with the public, we captured all of them. We have also a cargo there, with a lot of ammunition, bombs and there are many guns there. I think this is a good sign which shows the international community, which assures the Federal Government of Somalia and the Somali people that very soon, Somali will get peace and security,” he added.
The Sector Commander Brig. Dick Olum applauded the Somali people for providing key intelligence information that has facilitated frustration of several attacks by the al Shabaab.
He however called for vigilance, warning that al Shabaab terrorists easily blend into communities and may not be easily identified.