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At Least 19 Civilians Killed By Extremists In Somalia

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At Least 19 Civilians Killed By Extremists In Somalia

The Shebab extremists announced they had targeted fighters from a local sub-clan.

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.

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The attackers are said to have abducted several other people whose fate remains unknown.

The attack took place two weeks after a spectacular assault by the al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab on a hotel in the capital Mogadishu that left at least 21 people dead and 117 injured.

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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.

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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.

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