Al-Shabab fighters kill police officers in Somalia

Anti-government group claims responsibility after eight officers die in raid on Afgoi, 30km southwest of Mogadishu.

    Al-Shabab fighters kill police officers in Somalia

    Al-Shabab fighters have killed at least eight Somali officers in a raid on a police station near the capital Mogadishu, according to a police officer.

    Al-Shabab, which wants to topple the UN-backed government in Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for Saturday's raid in Afgoi town, 30km southwest of Mogadishu.

    "Al-Shabab killed eight of my colleagues and took three of our cars," Major Abdikadir Hussein told Reuters news agency on Saturday.

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    "We traced them this morning, killed 10 of them and secured our pick-up car with a gun hooked on."

    He said the remaining fighters escaped with the other two police vehicles.

    Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab's military operations spokesperson, told Reuters his fighters killed 12 officers in the raid on the Afgoi police station.

    In the past, al-Shabab has exaggerated the number of soldiers it has killed while officials have played down losses.

    The attack came just days after security forces foiled an attempt by al-Shabab fighters to launch a suicide attack on a political conference in the central Somali town of Adado, killing three attackers and the driver of a car packed with explosives.

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    Somalia has been unstable since the collapse of Siad Barre's government in 1991, and the country's new government is being supported by the 22,000-strong African Union force.

    Last month, the Somali government banned journalists from using the word al-Shabab to refer to the armed group, instead ordering them to refer to the group as "the group that massacres the Somali people".

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera And Reuters


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