Unknown gunmen, covering their faces with masks, have shot
dead a Somali official in the central Somali town of Beledweyne, the
administrative capital of Hiran region, Radio Garowe reports.
The official, a spokesman for the ousted local Somali troops,
is said to have been in the town for the last four days.
His assassination was claimed by Al-Shabaab, an insurgent
group that is fighting the transitional federal government.
“We are behind the killing of Salad Hareed because he was a
spy for the TFG. He arrived four days ago on a mission to strategize on the
troops entry to Beledweyne,” said Al-Shabaab
The incident was the latest in a series of fatal attacks on
Somali government officials.
Meanwhile, Somalia's most powerful militant group Al-Shabaab
have reportedly executed a man accused of spying for Ethiopian government.
The execution took place in Baidoa, the administrative
capital of southern Bay region on Saturday where dozens of Al-Shabaab's
supporters gathered to witness the grisly act carried out by a firing squad.
Al-Shabaab, which controls much of southern and central
Somalia, has previously carried out without any due course public executions,
amputations and floggings in various parts of the war-torn nation with victims having
no legal representatives.