Al-Shabaab, The Islamist militant group based in Somalia, on Sunday issued a press statement targeting Somali tribal elders who took part in the selection of delegates for the 2017 parliamentary elections in the country.
In a statement issued on Sunday morning, the Al-Qaeda-linked group have asked all the clan elders who participated in country’s 2017 parliamentary elections to register their names in Al-Shabaab-controlled towns in southern Somalia, openly declare their resignation and seek forgiveness from Al-Shabaab within a period of 45 days.
The militant group also warned the clan elders against participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections in the country which are expected to be held in a year’s time.
In the statement published on its propaganda websites, Al-Shabaab also declared the tribal elders who appointed the members of the current Somalia parliament as apostates.
Al-Shabaab militants have in the past targeted elders involved in the electoral process after the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, killing dozens as a result.