BOSSASO, Somalia April 29, 2014 (terrorfreesomalia) -Puntland Police Forces have captured 12 alleged Al Shabaab members including three women in a security sweep in the gulf of adan port city of Bossaso in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Garowe Online reports.
Bari region police commander Abdirahman Ali Hussein (Muslim) told reporters that botched blast led to the massive security operation: "We on Monday evening heard explosion, police presence was immediately maintained in the area where the explosion took place and we seized the perpetrator".
"A mobile phone was mounted on a bomb but it went off during the bomb-making exercise. The assailant was caught red-handed after he traversed a short distance from the scene of the explosion," said Muslim.
Residents spotted Security forces in armored personnel carriers in Bossaso neighborhoods on Tuesday morning and the soldiers manning security checkpoints have been put on high alert for the security sweep according to Bari Police commander.
Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab fighters and Puntland Defence forces clashed in deadly battles near Golis Mountain ranges in northeastern Somalia.
Puntland President accused Somaliland of providing financing muscle with Al Shabaab fighters who were flushed out of key bastions along the difficult terrain of Golis during former Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole's tenure of office.