MOGADISHU (AA) – Al-Shabaab militants raided the house of a senior Somali military officer in Gedo overnight, killing him and five family members.
“I can confirm that officer Iman Adow and members of his family were killed in the night attack by Al-Shabaab militants in Luuq town,” Guled Awale, an official of the Gedo region authority, told The Anadolu Agency by phone on Sunday.
The militants killed Adow’s wife, two children, his mother-in-law and his brother-in-law.
Al-Shabaab has already claimed responsibility for the attack through affiliated radio station and websites.
The Al-Qaeda-linked group, which is waging an insurgency against the Somali government, has recently suffered several significant blows, losing most of its strongholds in southern and central Somalia to government and African Union troops.
Nevertheless, the group has continued to launch deadly attacks on government officials and security personnel.
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