No fewer than 19 civilians were killed in an attack by radical Shebab Islamists on a road in central Somalia on Friday night.
It would be recalled that since 2007 that the radical group has been waging a war against the internationally-backed federal government.
According to local officials and clan leaders, at least eight passenger minibuses and trucks travelling on a road between the towns of Beledweyne and Maxaas were intercepted, bundled and set on fire killing their passengers.
The attackers are said to have abducted several other people whose fate remains unknown.
In statement, the Shebab extremists announced they had targeted fighters from a local sub-clan.
In August security forces and local fighters announced they had recaptured several villages previously under al-Shebab control.
On Saturday night, Somalia’s president condemned the despicable acts on innocent civilians.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, who has been facing a resurgence of extremist activity since his election in May, promised that the government will spare no effort in the fight against terrorism.