Somali military official shot dead in Jowhar town
MOGADISHU – Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed to have shot and killed a military official in Jowhar town some 91km north of the capital, Mogadishu.
The deceased, whose name has not been released yet, was gunned down by men armed with pistols in the town, said in a statement released by Radio Andalus, an al Shabaab mouthpiece.
The killers fled from the crime scene uncaught.
The assassination comes a few hours after two soldiers were killed and two more injured in an ambush attack claimed by al Shabaab near Baidoa town, some 250km southwest of Mogadishu.
The militant group has stepped up its dreadful attacks Somali army and African Union troops in the south and central towns of the war-ravaged nation of Somalia.
Al Shabaab, the deadliest Islamic organization in Africa declared their allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2010.
The militant group was driven out of Mogadishu capital in 2011, and have since lost many strongholds to Somali army and African Union troops
The al Qaeda linked group still holds large rural swathes of the country and continue to wage a guerilla war against the Western-backed government of Somalia.