27 November 2012

Somalia: A Prominent Traditional Elder Gunned Down in Central Somalia

Beledweyne — Unidentified gunmen have on Sunday night assassinated well known traditional elder in Beledweyne town,350 Km north of Mogadishu, the regional capital of Somalia's central Hiiraan, Witnesses said.

Locals have told Shabelle Media that two masked men armed with pistols have murdered Sheikh Mohamed Hussein locally better known as "Maryacadde" at Yobsan market in the city.

The elder was elected on last Monday as the chief of Hiiran traditional elders.

Security forces have reached at the area of the shooting and conducted search operations to arrest the killers, according to the witnesses.

The motive and the identity of the attackers are yet to established by the local administration under Somali government.

Beledweyne, a key town in central Somalia that fell to Somali and Ethiopian troops on December 31, 2011, after Al shabab fighters abandoned the city, without a much resistance.

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