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Hundreds arrested in security sweep

Published:Wednesday | July 16, 2014 | 7:00 AM
Somali soldiers patrol near the wreckage of a car bomb that was detonated at the main gate of the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia. - AP

 MOGADISHU, (AP)

More than 200 suspects were arrested yesterday in a security sweep aimed at stemming a wave of militant attacks in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, said a senior police official.

Soldiers manned checkpoints in Mogadishu's northern outskirts, where most of the streets were empty amid the ongoing operation.

Security forces raided the homes and shops of suspects and arrested many people, mostly young men, according to Colonel Ahmed Ali, a senior police official in Mogadishu who said the sweep was a joint operation by government forces and African Union troops.

"The operation will continue until we stop terrorist attacks," he said.

Although the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab was ousted from its bases in Mogadishu in 2011, militants continue to stage lethal attacks across the seaside city.