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At least 19 Somali civilians killed in Al-Shabab attack

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 4th September, 2022 01:44:59 PM
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At least 19 Somali civilians killed in Al-Shabab attack

Fighters from the extremist insurgent group Al-Shabab have killed at least 19 civilians in a night-time attack in central Somalia, clan chiefs and local officials said on Saturday, AFP reported.

The attack comes two weeks after Al-Shabab, which has waged a long insurgency against the Somali state, besieged a hotel in the capital Mogadishu for 30 hours, leaving 21 people dead and 117 injured.

The sources said at least eight vehicles were traveling on a road between the towns of Beledweyne and Maxaas when the insurgents intercepted and burned them and killed the passengers overnight Friday to Saturday by Afar-Irdood village.

“The terrorists massacred innocent civilians who were traveling... last night.”