Al-shabaab raids village on Somali – Ethiopian border leaving 39 dead

Nearly 40 people are dead after al-Shabaab militants attacked a village on the border between Ethiopia and Somalia.

The governor of Somalia’s Bakool region, Mohamed Abdi Tall, told VOA that the Islamist militant group raided the village of Aato early Tuesday.

He said 27 pro-government militiamen and 12 al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the ensuing clash.

Afterward, the town remained in control of the militias, who have been working with governments on both sides of the border

Al-Qaida-linked Al-Shabaab has lost most of the territory it once controlled in Somalia but remains a threat to the country’s African Union-backed government.

On Saturday, al-Shabaab fighters stormed a Somalia parliament building in Mogadishu, killing 10 security personnel and wounding four lawmakers. Eight militants were also killed.

In February, al-Shabaab attacked the presidential palace. The president was unharmed but at least 17 other people were killed…


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