Somalia: TFG Forces Detain 300 Suspected Al Shabab Members in Mogadishu

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A soldier stands over weapons seized from suspected members of Al Shabaab (file photo).

Mogadishu — Somali National Army (SNA) have detained at least 300 suspected Al Shabab members in Mogadishu, the biggest mass arrest for months in the capital, police official said.

General Mohamed Hassan Maalin, the police chief of Benadir region for Somali government told reporters in Mogadishu that the massive operation was conducted in villages in Hodon district, to protect attacks in the capital by Al shabab militants.

The arrested, mostly young men are believed to have links with Al shabab and were jailed in Hodon prison for investigations, according to police.

The Somali army has been on high alert and carrying out cordon and search crackdowns in Mogadishu, the capital which is witnessing improving security since Al shabab made retreat last year following two years of offensives by Somali and AMISOM forces.

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