MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab has allegedly abducted dozens of people, including elderly men following an attack near Adalle town, some 75km away from Somali capital Mogadishu.
The group’s fighters carried out an attack on El-Muluq near Adalle town late on Thursday, a witness Hussein Said Mohamed said.
Mohamed says the group’s armed fighters had abducted nearly 30 people, including elders and blew up water well after an attack.
He said the abductees were accused of supporting Ma’awisley, self-organized anti-Shabaab fighters.
The Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab and Ma’awisley have been fighting for nearly a year, according to local residents, who asked to be anonymous.
There was no comment from Al Shabaab over the claims.
The group has been waging insurgency for more than ten years in Somalia.
The Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab, which once controlled much of the capital of Mogadishu, wants to topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia.