Somalia claims gains in Al-Shabaab security operation

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Addis Ababa, August 14, 2013 (WIC) - Somalia says it has destroyed 17 operation centers used by the Al-Shabaab militant group in Mogadishu as it looks to improve security in the capital.

Africa Review quoted Abdikarim Hussein Guled, Interior Affairs and National Security Minister, as having said on Monday that “the security forces have also arrested dozens of loyalists to the terror group”.

The Minister was speaking following a high-level meeting held at Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon's residence which was attended by cabinet members and commanders of the army, police and the security agencies. The meeting was also attended by officials from Mogadishu’s municipality.

The Minister said up to 40 men were rounded up in the operation.

According to ERTA, "Proactive moves by the security forces will continue until the capital’s security is guaranteed," said the Minister.