Somalia: Gunmen kill prominent elder in the capital Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia- Suspected Al Shabaab gunmen have shot and killed a Somali prominent elder in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Tuesday, the fourth man to be killed in span of two weeks, Garowe Online reports.

Sources tell GO that two men armed with pistols shot dead Southwest-electoral delegate in Mogadishu's Bakara Market. The assailants escaped the scene before the arrival of the Police authority.

The late elder who was identified as Ibrahim Ali Elmi was accosted by two attackers who drew their pistols, shot him at close range at the textile section of Bakaro market around 1:00 P.M.

"We believe the elder was killed by Al Shabaab assassins who have been targeting the traditional elders in Mogadishu in the past weeks for their role in the elections of the Parliament lawmakers,” said Police Capt. Abdirisak Mohamed.

After the shooting, Somali security officers have immediately arrived at the scene, and cordoned it off for investigation, however, no suspect was arrested for the assassination according to an eyewitness.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the murder of the late elder, the latest in series of assassinations against traditional elders in Mogadishu city.


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