Somali authorities have detained an Omani merchant ship, holding it responsible for damaging an undersea fiber-optic cable, which caused the country to be offline for the past 20 days, government sources told EFE.

The incident, which has had a serious impact on the local economy, allegedly occurred when the ship approached the port of Mogadishu to unload its merchandise.

The Somali government, which is confident that the cable and connection will be repaired next week, will seek financial compensation from the company that owns the vessel.

For this purpose, the government aims to appoint a group of experts to estimate the economic damage suffered and, if it fails to reach an agreement, could initiate legal proceedings against the Omani company.

The internet cut has affected the economic sector, including companies, agencies, government offices and private service providers.