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Local residents, whom Keydmedia English News contacted on the phone line, confirmed the operations, saying they woke up this morning heavy presence of Somali and Ethiopian troops along the main streets and villages, searching suspected Al shabab militants and illegal weapons.
According to the reports, these operations came as the security situation in the town deteriorates, with a rise in killing of both civilians and security forces in the city after Al shabab withdrew last year.
A witness said some people have been detained in connection with Al shabab by Somali police and Ethiopian soldiers and were taken to an unknown location. TFG officials said the operations are meant to secure the overall security of the town.
Forces can be seen stationed in some of the main street junctions in Beledweyne town, 350 km north of Mogadishu, stopping and searching vehicles and people.
Somali has been without a central authority since the overthrow of the late ruler Mohamed Siyad Barre in 1991 when the country plunged into chaos and lawlessness.
Keydmedia.net - Mogadishu, Somalia