Twelve soldiers and one civilian were arrested on Sunday as Somali authorities probe a drive-by attack that left two dead three days ago.
Somali Minister of Internal Security Mohamed Abukar Islow Dualle said the arrest was aimed at boosting security in the volatile Benadir region region.
“We have taken actions to ensure the security is boosted following a deadly attack that occurred in this region recently,” he said. “Security forces captured a suspect with a vehicle believed to have been used in the drive-by shooting in Hamar-weyne district three days ago.”
The secretary of the country’s National Women Organization and the son of the organization’s chairwoman were killed in the shooting.
“We also arrested 12 soldiers who were on duty while the murder took place,” Dualle said.
He added that two senior security officers in Hamar-weyne district were fired and investigations will soon start to establish their culpability in the killings.