Al-Shabaab Kidnap Elderly Men From Gedo Region

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast but the government blamed al-Shabab [Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images]

News from southern Somalia, Gedo region, indicate that that members of the Al-Shabaab militia group have kidnapped two elderly men.

Briefing the media, Gedo Governor Mohamed Mohamud said the hostages were neither employees of the Gedo administration nor the Federal Government. He explained they may have been abducted for other unknown reasons.

The Governor added: “Two young men who were kidnapped alongside the elderly men, were released while the senior citizens are still held by Al-Shabaab”.

Nonetheless,  there are conflicting reports to the effect that the two elderly hostages,  Abdullahi Kosow Mohamed and Ahmed Omar, are local district commissioners.

Al-Shabaab is yet to comment on the kidnap drama.

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