Al Shabaab fighters have shot and killed nine donkeys and abducted an unknown number of people in Bakool region, Somalia.
Donkeys are the sole mode of transport in Bakool, which is a government-controlled area in southwestern Somalia.
The animals were killed on Monday in an ambush at Elboon which is 15 kilometres west of Wajid.
Abdikadir Nur Goome, the chairperson of Wajid town, said the militants ambushed a caravan as it headed to Wajid town.
“Al Shabaab militants have been attacking persons transporting food on donkey carts,” Goome told the state-owned Radio Muqdisho.
He said the militants drove the merchants to a village under their control and burnt food and carts that belonged to some of them. The country is suffering drought.