Somali regional minister shot dead by unknown gunmen


A Somali regional minister was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the town of Jowhar, middle Shabelle region on Monday evening, police said.

Abdifatah Hassan, a police official in Jowhar town, told Anadolu Agency over the phone that Hirshabelle State Agriculture Minister Abdukadir Abukar was shot dead minutes after the evening prayer.

“The gunmen attacked minister Abdukadir Abukar while he was going to his house from a nearby mosque,” Hassan said, adding the attackers fled the scene.

He said security forces rushed to the area and started an investigation into the incident.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the killing but authorities blamed al-Shabaab group for being behind the attack.

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