Somalia's security forces have arrested five Al-Shabaab suspects and seized a vehicle laden with explosives in the northern port town of Bosasso, officials said on Wednesday.
Police Commissioner of Bari region, Abdihakim Hussein Yusuf said the security forces received a tip off from members of the public and swung into action to thwart a terrorist attack in the town.
"We have captured five Al-Shabaab suspects and a vehicle loaded with explosives after receiving prior intelligence. Investigation is still continuing now," Yusuf said.
He said the suspects who were arrested on Tuesday night have been planning to carry terror attacks on unspecified locations in Puntland including public places.
Hussein said the security forces have enhanced operations to identify the group's targets, saying this was a significant operation against the terror cells in the region.
The latest arrest comes after Al-Shabaab and pro-Islamic States' militants killed nine Puntland soldiers in a roadside blast.