The federal government forces have launched dawn security operations in Hudur district, the headquarters of Bakol district on Tuesday.
The house to house search conducted by government forces has affected all the villages of Hudur district
Dozens of people mostly youth were arrested during the operations as our correspondent in the region reports.
The apprehended people were packed on pickups and moved to police stations where their investigations are underway.
The operations started after Al-shabab members attacked government bases in the district last night.
Hudur administration has not yet given comment about the security operations in the town.
Somali national army together with African Union peace-keeping troops have captured Hudur district at the start of the offensive military operations against Al-shabab earlier this year.