Somali police arrest Al Shabaab suspects in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU – Somali Police Forces have launched an operation in the capital Mogadishu to thwart fresh attacks by al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
The operation was conducted in Dharkenley district of Mogadishu, Harun Mohamed, a witness said.
He says the police forces arrested dozens of Al Shabaab suspects after door to door operation in Mogadishu.
Mohamed said most of the detainees were released after questioning, but some of them were taken into police station.
Somali police remained unavailable to comment in the operation.
Mogadishu capital has seen deadly terror attacks that left dozens dead, with some of those attacks were claimed by al Shabaab.
Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has been fighting for more than ten years in Somalia.
The group wants to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in Somalia and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.
It has lost control of many towns and cities to a 22,000-strong African Union force supporting the government.
But the group still has a strong presence in many rural areas.