gunmen kill prominent elder in Galkaayo

 Unidentified Gunmen have killed a traditional elder who was among the electoral delegates voted for the MPs of Federal Parliament in Gakaayo.

A witness who did not want to be named said Mohamed Guray was assassinated on Thursday evening, however, the attackers escaped from the scene shortly.

The slain elder was among the Electoral College selected by Somali clans who voted for the new MPs of Federal Parliament.

Police authorities said they are investigating the motive behind the assassination, which was the latest in series of targeted killings against the elders in Galkaayo.

No group has claimed responsibility for the murder of the elder, but the Al Qaida-linked Al-Shabaab militants are suspected of carrying out the attack.

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