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Somalia militia expels Save the Children

2012-03-13 22:21

Nairobi - Al-Qaeda-linked Somali insurgents say they are expelling British aid group Save the Children from areas under their control.

A Tuesday statement from the al-Shabaab militia says Save the Children distributed 4 470 cartons of expired porridge to children, was corrupt and offered bribes.

Save the Children officials were not immediately available for comment.

Al-Shabaab has expelled several aid organisations from its territory, including the Red Cross, the Danish Refugee Council and the UN's World Food Programme, Unicef, and the World Health Organisation.

Experts say the expulsions of aid agencies contributed to a famine in the group's strongholds from July to January in which tens of thousands of people died.