Somali military official shot dead in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A Somali military official has been shot and killed by gunmen in the heart of Somali capital Mogadishu.

The victim, whose name has been released as Abdi Mohamed was gunned down by men armed with pistols in Wabari district of Mogadishu, a witness said.

He says the killers fled from the crime scene uncaught.

The Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for the assassination through its website.

The group says it would continue targeting all government officials in and out of the capital of Mogadishu.

Somali police soldiers arrived at scene and started an investigation over the killing.

No arrests have been made over the assassination so far.

Somali capital has witnessed deadly suicide attacks and orchestrated assassinations claimed by Al Shabaab for the last couple months.

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