Somaliland’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) said on Tuesday that it had detained 10 foreign nationals suspected of ties to terrorism.
The agency however did not provide any further details about the arrests or the suspects’ nationalities, but said that they were from Pakistan, Syria, and Morocco.
The arrest of the 10 individuals comes as Somaliland faces a number of security challenges, including the threat of terrorism from al-Shabab, a Somalia-based militant group affiliated with al-Qaeda which has been fighting in Las Anod against Somaliland military in the eastern conflict.
It is unclear if the detention of the 10 individuals is linked to any specific terror plot.
The detention of the 10 individuals suggests that NIA is taking a more aggressive approach to combating terrorism albeit very publicly.