Mogadishu — Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency declared that a security operation conducted inside Mogadishu's Bakara market netted 27 Al Shabaab members lodging in hotels on Friday, Garowe Online reports.
Spokesman for the intelligence agency told the media that they launched the operation after reports disclosed that Al Shabaab members are hiding out in Bakara hotels.
According to the head of Federal Government's Banadir Intelligence Mohamed Adan Kofi, among the captured members was a foreigner but he declined to mention his nationality.
"The operation was really successful, we captured 27 Al Shabaab members including a foreigner," said Kofi.
In addition, Kofi noted that the security forces recovered weapons and ammunitions which were intended to destabilize Mogadishu by the 27 persons.
Concluding, Kofi says investigations will be launched into the issue to gain the much-needed information.
Bakara market has been witnessing explosions and coordinated assassinations targeting Federal Government officials and soldiers for the last weeks.