32 die in Somalia after drinking from well
January 30 2017 06:25 PM
Water well in Somalia (Photo for illustrative purposes only)
Water well in Somalia (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Dpa/Mogadishu

At least 32 people have died in Somalia after drinking water from a well that was believed to have been poisoned, officials said Monday.

More than 10 other people were hospitalized after drinking the water in Masuubiye near the south-western city of Baidoa, regional senior official Hassan Hussein Elay said.

Elay accused the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab of poisoning the well.

‘Al-Shabaab poisoned the waterhole to prevent government soldiers from drinking water there,’ he said, without providing details.

Al-Shabaab has reportedly poisoned wells in the past. It was not immediately known if any soldiers had died in the latest incident.

There was no comment from al-Shabaab, which has fought the Somali government for a decade in an attempt to establish an Islamic fundamentalist state.



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