An Elder shot dead in Mogadishu

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Unknown assailants have shot and killed a renowned traditional elder in Somali capital, Mogadishu on Tuesday, witnesses and police said.

A Somali police officer said three men armed with pistols have gunned down the elder at Arafat area in Mogadishu’s Yaqshid district.

The elder who was identified as Mohamed Abdi Jimale died on the spot after he was shot in the head several times by the gunmen, according to a witness who spoke to Radio Shabelle.

The motive behind the Elder’s killing and identity of the assassins are yet unclear.

Mogadishu has seen increasing assassinations and attacks blamed on Al shabaab militants, who had been driven out of the capital in 2011 after joint offensive by AMISOM and SNA.

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