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Al-Shabab Kills 3 Somali Soldiers in Latest Ramadan Attack

A handout photo taken and released on July 1, 2014 by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team shows members of the Somali Police Force standing guard during an Independence Day ceremony in Mogadishu, Somalia.
A handout photo taken and released on July 1, 2014 by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team shows members of the Somali Police Force standing guard during an Independence Day ceremony in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Al-Shabab militants shot dead three Somali soldiers in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, their fourth attack since the start of the Ramadan fasting month that the Islamists have threatened to target.

Sheik Abdiasis abu Musab, al-Shabab's spokesman for military affairs, said they carried out the attack in the southern Mogadishu district of Afarta Jardiin.

“We have shot dead nine government soldiers in Mogadishu since Ramadan started. We shall continue and intensify the operation,” abu Musab said.

The group had previously said its gunmen shot dead three people on Sunday and killed another three government employees on Monday in two separate bomb blasts.

The government and African Union peacekeepers have stepped up security to try to stop the Ramadan attacks by al-Shabab, which has waged a seven-year campaign to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic law in the mainly Christian country.

The militants view people who work for the government, such as the security forces, as collaborators with non-Muslims due to the involvement in Somalia of African Union soldiers, the United Nations and Western powers trying to contain the group.

Police officer Nur Jamac said al-Shabab shot the three soldiers in the head on Tuesday as they talked in the street.

In the past year or so, al-Shabab has killed dozens of people in guerrilla-style assaults in Mogadishu, on U.N. offices, the presidential compound, parliament and the courts.

In a separate attack, police in Afgoye, a district 30 km southwest of Mogadishu, said two clan elders were assassinated by pistol-wielding assailants on Monday.

It was not immediately clear who was behind that attack, a senior police officer in Afgoye told Reuters.

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by: opticmlg from: San Diego
July 14, 2014 7:21 AM
Somalia is a majority Muslims country with over 95% Muslims


by: Caliyow Jaar from: Somalia
July 01, 2014 9:49 PM
VOA erred calling Somalia as "mainly Christian country", but 90% of Somalis claim that they are Muslims. Secular people are rapidly growing in underground. Because freedom of religion is not respected in this country. Al Shabaab is killing everybody who's not with them, that forced everybody else to go underground.

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