Nine people dead, several hurt as Al Shabaab attack farmers
SEE ALSO :Death toll from hotel attack rises to 39“Al-Shabaab arrested several farmers claiming that they (farmers) were Kenyans. Irate locals stormed Al-Shabaab bases prompting fierce fighting between the two sides,” Ibrahim said. He confirmed the death of three Al-Shabaab and six local clan militiamen. “For now we heard the death of nine people including six local fighters and three Al-Shabaab. The fighting is still ongoing in remote areas near Jilib town,” he noted. The official called on the federal government and Jubbaland state to help the locals fight Al-Shabaab fighters in the region. The development comes on the heel of African Union’s call to accelerate the fight against Al-Shabaab. Commander of African Union Mission, Lt. Gen. Jim Owoyesigire has called on battlefield commanders of both SNA and AMISOM to accelerate the fight to annihilate Al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab, controls a large swath of Middle region where the group has the highest number of its training bases.
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