Somalia:Terror attack kills religious leader, followers

Armed attack leaves 18 people dead, 20 injured; terrorist group al-Shabab claims responsibility

Somalia:Terror attack kills religious leader, followers file photo

By Gamze Turkoglu Oguz


Terror attack in northern Somalia killed a prominent Muslim cleric and his 17 followers, police said on Monday.

Ahmet Awale, of Galkayo police, said that an armed attack targeted the residence of the religious leader -- which was also used as a Sufi shrine.

According to initial reports, 20 people were injured in the attack, Awale said, adding security forces killed most of the attackers.

Terrorist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.

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