Eight traditional elders were shot and killed near Burhakaba town after their car was stopped by suspected gunmen linked to al Shabab, according to residents.
The elders were heading to their original destination of Lower Shabelle region as they transported from Baidoa town, where they attended the six-regions administration forming process that ended last month with the election of Madobe Nunow as the new president of Somalia's South West state.
Unnamed elder who spoke to radio Dalsan confirmed seven of the elders were killed blindfolded on the spot by the gunmen while the eighth elder was left with critical injuries which resulred to succumb for the injuries in hospital.
The attack occured near Burhakaba bridge around 5;30 pm local time on Sunday.
The regional administration of Bay blamed the attack on al Shabab militia who used to ambush the vehicles and civilians while passing the main roads.