8 Somali elders killed after election in south-west


130331203151-kenya-elections-supreme-court-vote-story-topUnknown gunmen on Monday, killed eight Somali traditional elders, near Buurhakabo, while travelling from Baidabo to their homes in the Lower Shabelle region after an election in south-west.

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Ali Hassan, Buurhakabo Deputy Commissioner of Police, said the gunmen shot the elders and stole their car.


He said the elders had participated in an election in Baidabo of former warlord Madoobe Nuunow as president of six regions in the south-west of the country.


Hassan said officials and witnesses said the eight elders backed a new state comprising  six regions in the south-west of the country,

He said the unilaterally declared new state has been rejected by the federal government, the UN and the AU.


Hassan said the bodies have earlier warned that the move could spark political tensions and violence.

He said, Prime Minister Abdiwali Mohamed condemned the killing of the elders, describing it as a “brutal cruelty” and called for an immediate investigation.

Hassan said the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab denied any involvement in the killing

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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