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Al Shabaab arrests dozens of clan elders

By Tajuddin
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Aug 14th, 2016
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Beledweyne, Hiiraan region , Somalia (DIPLOMAT.SO) – Al Shabaab militants have arrested dozens of clan elders in connection with an attack claimed by armed tribal militias in central Somalia.

The mass arrest took place at Luq jelow locality , 20 KM west of Beledweyne, the regional capital of Hiiraan, about 350 KM north of Mogadishu on Saturday morning.

The incident came after heavily armed clan militia attacked Al Shabaab base in Luq Jelow, in a revenge for beheading of a well-known traditional elder.

Al shabaab has accused the detained elders for links with the overnight attack on their base in Luq Jelow, according to a Somali MP Dahir Amin Jesow.

The lawmaker says at least three Al Shabaab members including the commander of operations killed in the last night attack.

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