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Somalia attack destroys food aid, kills over 20 people

Over 20 people have been killed, including women and children, and food aid destroyed after militants attacked several vehicles in Somalia’s central Hiiraan region.

The region’s Governor Ali Jeyte Osman who confirmed the incident accused the militants of being at war with the civilian population in the region, accusing them of burning villages and destroying water wells.

“They put a bomb while people were in the car and blew it up, Some are injured and some ran away when the shooting started. The dead bodies are still being collected, including women and children”, said Osman.

The BBC reports that the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab had said it was targeting a government-affiliated armed group.

The al-Qaeda-linked militants want to overthrow the central government.

Al-Shabab controls much of southern and central Somalia, but has been able to extend its influence into areas controlled by the government based in the capital Mogadishu.

Writing Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu