Somali Militants Kill Soldiers, Kidnap Scores of Elders

 

 

 

MARYLAND/U.S.A –

 

 

 

GUNMEN from Somalia’s Al Shabaab group killed six people – four of them soldiers, in the streets of the capital.

 

The killings happened on Tuesday, a day after the Islamist movement kidnapped scores of elders in a central region.

Police said the militants drove up to a tuk-tuk vehicle carrying the soldiers in Mogadishu’s Karan district and opened fire, killing all four of them.

Al Shabaab fighters also shot two people dead in the Wardigley district in the heart of the city.

The militants said the two were an officer and his bodyguard, in a statement claiming responsibility for both attacks.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said the militants also set off a car bomb that seriously injured a man working for the finance ministry. There was no immediate comment from the authorities.

On Monday, the group kidnapped more than 60 elders from Galgadud, in the central, semi-autonomous state of Galmudug, officials said.

 

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