By: Ahmed Mohamed
Dozens of people have been arrested in Mogadishu in a joint operation carried out by the Somali police and African Union forces, targeting individuals suspected to have links with militants.
Government forces and African Union troops raided homes and shops of suspected militants in the capital on Monday morning.
The local administration said the suspects who are being held in custody will be questioned with a view to getting more information from them.
Security officials believe armed groups have used residential areas as bases to prepare attacks and then mingled with residents in urban areas to carry them out.
Although Al-Shabaab was ousted from its bases in Mogadishu in 2011, militants continue to stage lethal attacks across the seaside city.