Somalia: Prominent Somali elder gunned down in Kismayo

 

A deserted street in Kismayo, the commercial capital of Jubbaland. Tension are already high in Kismayo after an attack on a hotel last month. FILE PHOTO

In Summary

  • He was among elders selecting members for Jubaland’s assembly – these MPs are then due to elect the regional president later this month.
  • Police commander Ahmed Nasir Guled said it was not yet known who had killed Mr Omar.
  • Suspicion may fall on Islamist Al-Shabab militants, who often target those they see as collaborators.

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By BBC
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A traditional elder has been shot dead in the southern Somali city of Kismayo, police have confirmed.

Suldan Rashid Dhure Omar was killed on Wednesday night amid simmering political tensions in Jubaland State and its capital, Kismayo.

He was among elders selecting members for Jubaland’s assembly – these MPs are then due to elect the regional president later this month.

Police commander Ahmed Nasir Guled said it was not yet known who had killed Mr Omar.

Suspicion may fall on Islamist Al-Shabab militants, who often target those they see as collaborators.

However, in mid-July the group issued a warning to all regional council elders to withdraw from the political process within 45 days – and this killing has taken place within Al-Shabab’s “amnesty” period.

 

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