Authorities in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, say they have captured two suspected members of the Islamic State group (also known as ISIS or ISIL) following a major security operation.
The country’s intelligence agency, NISA, said the two men are suspected of being behind a string of assassinations in the city.
“We have captured two ISIL suspects during operations in Mogadishu. One of them was the killer of a traffic officer in broad-day-light in the capital,” the agency said.
On 22 May, ISIS claimed responsibility for the killing of a traffic police officer in Mogadishu. The group published photos online showing the officer being shot at by a gunman.
Earlier this month, the Islamic State (IS) group also said that it was responsible for the killing of a physically-challenged young man near Mogadishu’s Bakaaraha market.
The group has claimed previous attacks in the country although the scale of its activities is smaller than that of al-Shabab in Somalia..
In 2017, IS briefly captured a small port town located in the northeastern Puntland region.
The group has not commented yet on the arrests in Mogadishu of its alleged members by Somali security forces.