Security forces in Mogadishu arrested dozens of terror suspects in a night sweep aimed at stemming down Al-Shabaab linked militants.
The Monday night operation was conducted in Barwaqo and sections of Warda Nabada district. The security sweep saw many young people spend the night in police cells.
Police said hundreds of young people who were taken to custody will be questioned with a view of getting more information from them.
Security officials believe armed terror groups have used residential areas as bases to prepare attacks and then mingle with residents in urban areas.