SOMALIA: Thousands arrested in one day operation in Mogadishu
By: Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) The largest mass arrest operation ever in Mogadishu has been launched today by the national security agency and the police forces of Somalia’s transitional government searching Al Shabaab members, RBC Radio reports.
The operation which started early on Thursday morning continued until the afternoon as more than 3,000 people were arrested, the National Security Agency NSA confirmed.
“The objective of the operation was to make sure the security of the capital and to eliminate the remnants of anti-peace elements in Mogadishu.” Col. Khalif Ahmed Ereg, NSA’s Banadir commander told reporters in Mogadishu today.
He said the operation was conducted jointly by the NSA and the police forces with the backing of military personals.
The search operation was targeted in Yaqshiid and Huriwaa locations on the north of Mogadishu where some counter attacks have reported in the last three weeks.
“This morning as we were going out to the school a uniformed forces came to our house they arrested two brothers of mine.” Asha Ibrahim Jibril, a resident in Huriwa district told RBC Radio.
She complained that most of those arrested were teenagers who have no links to Al-Shabaab but the NSA officials rejected to comment on the allegations of indiscriminate jailing.
Local residents told RBC Radio that Thursday’s operation came after Al Shabaab suspect assailants attacked bases for the government forces in Huriwa district on Wednesday.