Somali security agencies have arrested 16 suspected al-Shabaab operatives in the capital during a security operation earlier in the week. The Deputy Commissioner of the Somali Police Force, Colonel Zakia Hussein confirmed during a press conference in Mogadishu.
The 16 arrested are among a larger al Shabaab branch in Mogadishu who have been spread across the capital in cells that have conducting attacks against the security apparatus as well as numerous car bombs and other bombings in Somalia’s capital in recent months.
In addition, the security officers managed to disassemble an inland explosive device planted along Mogadishu-Afgoye road. Somali Police Force has intensified security operations to beef up stability in the Somali capital in the past weeks.
Elsewhere in Mogadishu, the police arrested a suspected in Warta Nabada district in Mogadishu after he allegedly attacked security agencies with a hand grenade on Tuesday evening.