Government official killed a day after Al-Shabaab raid in Mogadishu
Mogadishu (Harar24) – An ambush today believed to have been planned and executed by Al-Shabaab near the town of Balow, resulted in the killing of the Balow’s mayor and his armed escorts travelling with him.
Mohamed Nur Eni more commonly known as “Mad Nur” was killed while travelling from the town of Bariri to Balow, both which lie at the Shabelle river in the Lower Shabelle region.
There has been no official word from Al-Shabaab regarding the ambush that occurred today, however according to locals Al-Shabaab were behind the attack, whom after killing the mayor and his armed escorts confiscated the weapons and hastily left the scene.
The attack comes just a day after a raid carried out by Al-Shabaab on a military base in the Yaqshid district of Mogadishu . According to different sources the battle was very heavy lasting between 30 to 45 minutes. A spokesman for the government claimed that the Somali Armed Forces resisted the attack, however seven people were killed he said, yet didn’t clarify who they were or from which side.
According to Abu Mus’ab Abdiaziz, Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, Al-Shabaab carried out the attack as part of a larger scale operations in Mogadishu. Abdiaziz did not confirm any casualties from Al-Shabaab’s side, as Al-Shabaab usually glorifies their “martyrs” many believe that casualties may have been just on the SNA’s side.