Two Al-Shabaab militants who were planting land mines on a road in South West state were killed Monday by Somali military.
Qansahdhere district commissioner in the South West State Mukhtar Abdi told journalists the two were spotted following a tip off from members of the public.
“Our security forces conducted an operation which led to the death of the two militants following a tip off from the public,” said Abdi. “They were planning to harm the public.”
The district official added that improvised explosive devices on the scene were safely detonated.
The planned attack comes barely 48 hours after a deadly clash between Somali National Army and Al-Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle.
The militants launched a twin morning raid in Awdegle and Barire SNA forward operating bases resulting in in tens of deaths.
SNA boss General Odowaa Rage said over 80 militants were killed while his side suffered 14 fatalities.
Al-Shabaab has increased attacks targeting civilians and security outposts in recent weeks amid an ongoing standoff between the Federal Government and Federal Member States over the much delayed elections