Security forces arrest 12 al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows a street in the southern city of Baidoa, Somalia November 3, 2018. (REUTERS / Feisal Omar)
FILE PHOTO: A general view shows a street in the southern city of Baidoa, Somalia. /REUTERS

Somali security forces on Sunday arrested 12 al-Shabab militants during an operation in Baidoa town, the administrative capital of Southwest State in Somalia, an official said.

Commander of Intelligence and Security Agency for Southwest State Mohamud Mohamed Hassan told Somalia’s official news agency, SONNA, that their forces managed to destroy the terrorist network during the operation.

“We arrested 12 al-Shabab militants in an operation aimed at ensuring the security of Baidoa town in Bay region. We are committed to safeguarding our people and candidates during the federal parliamentary elections,” Hassan said, adding that the militants were trying to create fear and threat in Baidoa town before they were arrested by the forces.

Al-Shabab militants did not comment on the latest security operation in the region but this crackdown comes ahead of parliamentary election in Southwest State.