MOGADISHU – Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed to have killed a deputy commissioner in an apparent assassination attempt in Jalalaqs town of Hiran region in central Somalia.
The deceased, whose name has been released as Nour Omar was killed in roadside bomb explosion claimed by Al Shabaab.
“We have killed Jalalaqsi district deputy commissioner in bomb explosion”, the group claimed through its website.
Al Shabaab has carried out frequent deadly explosions, with most of those attacks left dozens dead in the capital, Mogadishu and other regions in Somalia.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remain the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting over ten years to overthrow the internationally backed government in Somalia.