Ethiopia, Somalia eye shift from military to economic cooperation
The slain elder has recently graduated from a university in Mogadishu, the capital of the country. Al-Shabaab often targets the elders for their role in the election of the lawmakers.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen assassinated a prominent Somali elder in the country's capital, Mogadishu, the latest in a string of attacks in the seaside city.
Mohamed Nur Diriye was killed today in Bakara, the biggest market in Somalia by men armed with pistols who are said to have shot him in the upper parts of his body, and they fled the scene.
Diriye sustained grave wounds in the gun attack and was rushed to a hospital but died on the way, according to the eyewitnesses.
The motive behind his murder still remains unclear, and so far no group has claimed responsibility for the assassination, which takes place two days after police ended a siege at Hayat hotel.
The slain elder has recently graduated from a university in Mogadishu, the capital of the country. Al-Shabaab often targets the traditional elders for their role in the election of the lawmakers.
Mogadishu has seen a series of attacks, mainly targeting hotels and government buildings by Al-Shabaab as the army battled to flush out the militants from the remaining pockets under their control.
He affirmed Ethiopia’s readiness to work at various levels with the new Somali government “with particular emphasis on economic growth,” according to a statement from Abiy’s office.