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Starvation warning in Somalia

UP TO a million people are facing starvation in southern Somalia after the World Food Programme (WFP) was forced to suspend operations yesterday following threats and attempted extortion by armed militants, writes Daniel Howden.

Much of the nation south of Mogadishu is under the control of the extremist militia al-Shabaab, which has accused international agencies of acting as foreign spies and threatened to expel them. Four WFP staff have been killed in Somalia since August.

"We've postponed this decision for as long as we could," said WFP spokesman Peter Smerdon in Nairobi. "But there's a moment that comes when the risks involved are too high." (© Independent News Service)

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