The Islamic State (IS) claimed casualties among Christians in an attack in Bosaso in Somalia's Bari region, and killing four policemen in Afgoye by gunshot. The group's "Somalia Province" distributed two communiques on January 24-25, 2019, for the incidents. According to the first message, IS fighters killed and wounded four Christians in Bosaso on January 23 via unspecified means. A press report indicated that at least one Ethiopian migrant was killed and two others were injured in a gun attack that day.
Following is a translation of the messages:
Breaking Somalia Province Friday, 19 Jumada al-Ula 1440H
The soldiers of the Caliphate directed gunfire at apostate Somali policemen in the city of Afgoye in Lower Shabelle, which led to killing 4 of them, and capturing their weapons as spoils, and unto Allah is all praise.
Somalia Province Thursday, 18 Jumada al-Ula 1440H
The soldiers of the Caliphate attacked a number of Christians in the city of Bosaso yesterday, which led to killing and wounding 4 of them, and unto Allah is all praise and gratitude.