Somalia’s defense minister promises victory during frontline visit
The interior ministry recorded all traditional elders assassinated by the militant group fighting to topple the western-backed Somali government.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The minister of interior for the Federal Government of Somalia Ahmed Moalim Fiqi released on Wednesday the number of the elders killed by Al-Shabaab for the past 10 years.
Fiqi made announcement during a meeting with respected elders at his office in Mogadishu. He called for a unified front against the Al-Qaeda-linked group.
The minister said the dead include 29 elders part of government-registered traditional elders who selected the electoral delegates voted for the MPs.
He stated that the government is preparing for an all-out war against Al-Shabaab, urging the elders to take the arms and defend their country.
Al-Shabaab threatened all elders involved in the elections with death. It killed so far 324 and still continues to hunt them in Mogadishu and elsewhere in Somalia.
For his part, the defense minister said the government is committed to fighting Al-Shabaab until ensuring all regions are free from Al-Shabaab and installing local administrations elected by local people.