(09-02-24) MOGADISHU (Halqabsi News) — Armed militias have abducted several civilians, including women and children, in the Mudug region of Somalia, escalating fears among the local population. The incident, which took place on Friday in the village of Hiiglo-Ceelle, has drawn particular attention due to the kidnapping of a woman who had recently given birth. The attackers, believed to have come from Bandiradley, have left the community in shock, with their motives still shrouded in mystery and no official comment from regional security agencies.
This latest act of violence adds to the already tense situation in central Somalia, where residents face a constant threat from groups known for their brutal tactics, including killings, robberies, and kidnappings. The pattern of such incidents poses a significant challenge to efforts aimed at stabilizing the region and ensuring the safety of its inhabitants.
Sheikh Abdi Hussein, a local elder, speaking to Halqabsi News, expressed the community’s desperation: “We are living in fear every day. It’s time for the authorities to step up and protect us.” This sentiment echoes the urgent call for action from both local and federal authorities to address the rising violence and work towards securing the immediate release of the abducted individuals.