Eight members of the same family were killed by the explosion of a homemade bomb on a road in central Somalia, a local official announced on Monday, accusing the Al-Shabaab rebels.
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“Eight innocent people, including a woman, members of the same family were killed” by this explosion which occurred on Sunday evening near Buloburde, a village 220 km north of the capital Mogadishu, the mayor of the locality told the press. , Sadam Abdi Idow.
“The Shebab terrorists planted this mine after being defeated by ongoing military operations in the region” and “have no respect for civilians,” he added.
The Shebab, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, have been fighting the Somali federal government supported by the international community for more than 15 years in this country in the Horn of Africa.
Somali President Hassan Cheikh Mohamoud declared a “total war” on them, and last September launched a military offensive, notably supported by American airstrikes.
But the rebels continue to carry out bloody attacks in retaliation, particularly in the heart of Somali cities and military installations.