MOGADISHU — Al-Shabab confirmed the attack in the Hiran region and claimed to have killed 20 locally mobilized Ma’wisley militia members.
The Somali government condemned the “barbaric” attack and reiterated its support for local mobilization against the group that holds significant parts of central and southern Somalia.
Somali state media and residents say al-Shabab killed over 20 people and burned seven vehicles transporting food in the Hiran region Saturday morning.
Residents said the attack was in retaliation for a local mobilization against the al-Qaida-affiliated group.
The attack came a day after government forces destroyed landmines that al-Shabab had planted on the busy road connecting Beletweyne and Mataban with the intent to target travelers.