The Islamist militia is making new strides in the north-east. It may even have designs on Ethiopia’s troubled Somali region and Somaliland
While most attention focuses on the preparations for elections later in the year, Al Shabaab is targeting Puntland in a campaign of assassination, and its operations throughout north-eastern Somalia have grown. In the past five months it has killed over 40 civil servants, security personnel and leading politicians. They include the regional governor of Nugal, Abdisalam Hassan Hersi 'Gujir', who was murdered on 29 March, and that of Mudug, Ahmed Muse Nur, who was killed on 17 May.
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