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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.