Somalia: Bodies of Two Elders Found in Elwak Days after Militants Abducted Them

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Saturday September 02, 2017 - 19:30:30 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Bodies of Two Elders Found in Elwak Days after Militants Abducted Them

    KISMAYO (Somali Update Online) — Lifeless bodies of two elders were found by locals outside Elwak town in Gedo region days after suspected Al-Shabaab members abducted them, District Commissioner Ibrahim Guled Adam confirmed.

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Map showing the location of El Wak in Somalia.
KISMAYO (Somali Update Online) — Lifeless bodies of two elders were found by locals outside Elwak town in Gedo region days after suspected Al-Shabaab members abducted them, District Commissioner Ibrahim Guled Adam confirmed.
The two elders - Adam Moalim Aliyow and Abdirahman Ugas Ali, both prominent traditional elders were kidnapped from their homes in Elwak town a week ago and since then missing.
Family members who were called by the local authorities have identified the bodies before the officials ordered the bodies to be buried.
"We have received reports of dead bodies lying a nearby bush and when we went there to check, we have seen the two bodies. Both were the elders kidnapped earlier." said the district officer Adam.
He said the killers were known members of the militant group.
"We know those who did this heinous act were known Al-Shabaab members." he added.
According to one resident, who first saw the bodies and asked his identity withheld, the two elders' bodies had three bullet scars each on the head and signs of beating showing that they were also tortured.
A family member of one of the killed elders- Abdirahman Ugas Ali, told Somali Update Online that the elder has previously received death threats by people claiming to be Al-Shabaab members.
"He [the elder Abdirahman] was involving peace initiatives in the local community and took part several meetings with Jubbaland officials and the Kenyan military commanders who urged local elders to preach peace." the family member who sought anonymity due to safety concerns told Somali Update Online.
The Al-Qaeda affiliate militant group attacked Elwak town twice this year and one time shortly seized before they were chased out by government forces backed by the Kenyan Army. The group also targets locals perceived to be collaborating with the government or the African Union forces.
El Wak is a strategic town located near the Somali border with Kenya, also a main supply route for Kenyan troops operating in southwestern Somalia. Al Shabaab lost the town in 2011 when Kenyan troops crossed border into Somalia.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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