Mogadishu — Somali security officials say they have arrested over twenty suspected Al shabab affiliates with their guns during a crackdown in Mogadishu on Thursday, November 22, 2012.
Khalif Ahmed Eric, chief of Somali security forces in Benadir region, told journalists in the capital that a tip-off has led the forces to the arrest of 20 Al shabab agents who have been hiding in Suqa-Holaha vicinity, north of Mogadishu.
Mr. Eric noted that the detained Al shabab members were seized in a dawn sweep in parts of northern Mogadishu, where insecurity acts reported over the past few weeks.
Witnesses said several fighters have been killed during armed clashes between the Government troops and Al shabab in the area on Wednesday night as locals were sleeping.
The move followed after the killings and attacks against civilians, media workers and government soldiers and officials happened in the capital.