(By Bonny Apunyu)
Suspected al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group late Wednesday seized a boat carrying at least 10 foreigners in central Somalia, witness told Al Jazeera.
According to reports, masked fighters from the group led away all on board the stricken boat which came ashore near the town of El Dheer in Galgaduud region. The location where those captured were taken remains unknown, according to reports.
Al Jazeera reported that those on board were thought to be mainly from Iran. The boat is said to have been carrying fuel. Although al-Shabab has not claimed responsibility, the al-Qaeda-linked terror group is well known for carrying out such activities.
Al Jazeera says this is not the first time the group has seized a boat. Early this year the group seized a boat ferrying khat - a mild leafy narcotic plant chewed in East Africa - near the Somali port town of Barawe in Lower Shabelle region.
Al-Shabab is reportedly fighting the internationally recognised government in Mogadishu to impose a strict version of Islamic law in Somalia. Source: Al Jazeera