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Islamist Militants Launch Attacks on Towns Near Ethiopian Border

Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre 

Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre 

Photographer: Hasan Ali Elmi/AFP/Getty Images

Al-Qaeda-linked militants attacked four towns near the border between Somalia and Ethiopia, the first major assault by the Islamist group since Somalia appointed a new president in May.

Towns including Aato and Yeed were targeted in the raids by the al-Shabaab group, according to people who declined to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak to the media. Dozens of members of an Ethiopian paramilitary police unit, known as the Liyu, were killed in the raids, according to two of the people. It wasn’t immediately clear whether any al-Shabaab fighters died.