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Somalia: Former deputy Bari governor shot dead in Bosaso

BOSASO, Puntland - Unidentified assailants have shot and killed former deputy Bari Governor Khalar Ismail Abdulle also known as (Buncun) in the port town of Bosaso on Monday morning, Garowe Online reports.

Late Abdulle was killed in the heart of the city by armed men, who managed to immediately escape from the crime scene, before the arrival of Puntland state security forces. No has group claimed responsibility for the murder.

Conflicting reports are emerging following investigations into the murder of the official who served as the deputy governor of Bari region during the former administration Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan, who was sacked by State President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali "Gaas" in May, 2015.

Monday's assassination happens amid a tension over territorial dispute is simmering near Bosaso town, the commercial hub of Somalia's northeastern semi-autonomous government of Puntland.

The authorities of Bari region and Bosaso adminstrations are yet to comment on the killing of Abdulle.

The coastal city has been relatively calm in recent times after several assassinations against high-ranking officials in 2016 and early months of this year by the Al Qaida-affiliated militant group Al shabaab. 

GAROWEONLINE

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