Somalia: 7 Killed in Mogadishu Shootings
At least 7 people were killed in shootings over the weekend in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
The attacks came a day after the US confirmed an air strike attack killed a senior member of the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab. Three intelligence security officers were among those killed in the weekend’s shootings, carried out by masked gunmen.
More killings in the capital
Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has endured a difficult start to 2016 with a spate of attacks targeting areas popular with foreign diplomats and local figures. Three separate attacks in the city killed officers of Somalia’s National Intelligence Agency and civilians on Saturday.
The latest attacks follow a drive-by shooting in the capital on Wednesday that killed two Turkish nationals and three Somalis. Al-Shabaab is yet to claim any of the attacks, although the militant group has carried out various against Turkish nationals over the last few years.
Continued attacks against Al-Shabaab
Somalia President Hassan Shiek Mohamud took the unusual step on Thursday of confirming further attacks against Al-Shabaab. The Somali leader said on Twitter that his nation’s army and allied forces were engaged in an ongoing operation against the militant group and that more attacks were to come.
This was the same day an airstrike, believed to have been carried out by the US, reportedly killed Al-Shabaab commander Hassan Ali Dhore. Dhore was among the most wanted men in connection with attacks carried out in the Somali capital.
US Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook didn’t confirm Dhore’s death in the attack, but highlighted the importance of his role in Al-Shabaab:
“Removing Dhore from the battlefield would be a significant blow to al-Shabab’s operational planning and ability to conduct attacks against … Somalia, its citizens, U.S. partners in the region and against Americans abroad,” he was quoted in VOA News.