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Somalia insurgents expel Save the Children

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 13, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.

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

A Tuesday statement from the al-Shabab 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-Shabab has expelled several aid organizations from its territory, including the Red Cross, the Danish Refugee Council and the U.N.’s World Food Program, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

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.

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