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Somalia: Al-Shabab’s ‘Bomb-Making Materials Seized’


Somalia’s spy agency, National Intelligence and Security Agency (Nisa), says it has seized 79 tonnes of sulphuric acid smuggled into the country for use by al-Shabab militants to make explosives.

“We have seized 79 tonnes of sulphuric acid and arrested a number of people who smuggled it into the country and were transporting it to al-Shabab mafia,” Nisa said in a tweet.

The agency added that investigations were ongoing and the suspects will be arraigned later in court. It did not reveal when the seizure was made.

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The announcement comes as Somalia marks the third anniversary of the 14 October 2017 bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed more than 600 people.

Al-Shabab did not say it carried out the attack, although it frequently stages attacks in the capital.

The UN Security Council had in June warned that al-Shabab was capable of smuggling explosives-making components into the country.

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