9 January 2009

Somalia: Islamist Official Gunned Down in Central Town

Cabudwaaq — Unidentified, masked gunmen have shot dead a top Islamic Courts Union official and injured another one in Cabud Waaq district in Galgadud region, central Somalia, witnesses said on Friday.

Ethiopian troops vacated the town about three weeks ago.

Our correspondent in the region, Abdikarin Ahmed Bulhan says Mohamed Abdi Gelle, an Islamic Courts officer was murdered by masked gunmen and they have also seriously injured Said Qolaab, another Islamic Courts Union in Galgadud region.

The motivation of the killing is not known. No one has claimed the responsibly of it, but there has been a power struggle between Somalia's Islamist groups since Ethiopia announced plans to withdraw its troops from Somalia.

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