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Terrorist attack on humanitarian convoy leaves 25 dead in Somalia

At least 25 people died this Saturday, in central Somalia, due to an attack by the jihadist group Al Shabab on a convoy of vehicles carrying food and other humanitarian aid items. , according to the Efe Agency.

“We have testimonies of how the bodies of 25 civilians and their homes were set on fire. It is a tragedy”, said Ali Jayte, governor of the Hiiraan region, where the attack took place.

The terrorist group Al Shabab, which controls some rural regions of Somalia, carried out several attacks in the country and claimed the action this Saturday, through its channel

According to the jihadists, the attack happened to target the members of a local militia called Macawiisley, which since its creation in 2014, maintains intense clashes with Al Shabab.

Jayte assured Efe, in turn, that the Somali army and allied groups will continue to carrying out military operations against terrorists in this region.

Al Shabab, which has been affiliated since 2012 with the Al Qaeda network, seeks to overthrow the central government of the African country and establish forces an Islamic state.

In 23 August, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced a “total war” against the group, to ” eliminate Al Shabab, although he did not specify when these military operations would begin.

Somalia has been in an armed conflict since the overthrow in 1991 of the dictator Mohamed Siad Barre , which left the country without an effective government and at the mercy of militias and radicals.

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