Aprominent Somali Elder shot dead in Kismayo

KISMAYO  – Unidentified assailants have shot and killed Monday a prominent Elder in Somalia’s southern port city of Kismayo, the latest in string of shootings targeting businessmen, elders and politicians there, reports.

Amir Abdirashid Abdi-Dhuh, the Sultan of Sheekhaal Clan inhabited largely in the southern Lower and Middle Jubba provinces, south Somalia was gunned down by two masked men armed with pistols, according to the witnesses who spoke to KON by phone.

“I saw a men dressed in Jubbaland militia uniform shooting the elder in the head and chest while sipping a tea at a tea-shop at Shaqalaha village around 12:15 P.M. in the heart of Kismayo city and the killers fled from the area shortly before the troops arrived,” said another witness.

Armed Ras Kamboni militiamen in fighting vehicles have  reportedly arrived at the shooting scene and carried out an operation, but they didn’t achieve to arrest the perpetrators who killed the innocent elder.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the killing.

This assassination is the second in less two months in the port city of Kismayo, 500Km south of Mogadishu  as the insecurity has been on the rise over the past 2 years and locals report that their lives at a risk to Ras Kamboni militia fighters loyal to Ahmed Madobe aided by Kenyan army.