Somalia: Gunmen kill prominent elder in the capital Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia- A traditional elder indentified as Muse Mohamed Roble "Ilko-weyne" was shot dead by suspected Al Shabaab gunmen in Mogadishu on Wednesday evening, Garowe Online reports.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a Somali Police officer told media that three pistol-wielding men have attacked the elder outside a mosque in Wadajir district after Maghrib prayer and killed him on the spot.

"We suspect the elder was killed by Al Shabaab assassins who have been targeting traditional elders in Mogadishu in the past weeks for their involvement in the elections of the members of Federal Parliament," he added.

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 killing of an elder in Mogadishu, the second murder against a traditional elder in span of a week since the election of the new President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

Suspicion falls on Islamist insurgents, who already threatened to target the delegates involved in the selection process of the newly sworn-in Federal Lawmakers from regional states.


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