Somalia’s National Intelligence forces on Tuesday night, conducted a major security operation in some of the neighbourhoods of Hodan District in Mogadishu.
The intelligence-led operation by the first deputy of the security and political affairs of Banadir regional administration, Mohamed Tuulah, saw the arrest of up to 400 youths.
However, most of the arrested were immediately released after discovering they were not suspected criminals after thorough interrogation.
Hodan District Commissioner Mohamed Ahmed Antoobo, who spoke to the media, said the crackdown was aimed at ensuring the security of the district and it will continue until criminal elements linked to the Al-Shabaab are flushed out.
Banadir regional administration boss, Mohamed Tuulah, emphasized that the operations will be expanded to other districts in the capital.
He lauded NISA forces who carried out the operation, for their disciplined manner in conducting the operations and no case of civilian harassment.