Somali security forces have last night conducted a massive operation in some parts of the capital Mogadishu to sweep suspected individuals who have links with Al-Shabaab militants.
The operation which took place in Barwaqo and third branch areas of Warta Nabada district has been arrested by several young people in the district.
The local resident told the media that the hundreds of young people who were taken to 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 deadly attacks in the capital in the recent days.