Senior counter terrorism officer killed in Mogadishu, Al-Shabaab claims responsibility
Mogadishu (Harar24) – In a another bloody day in the Somali capital the vicious cycle of killings and insecurity continues, at least two people have been confirmed dead with two others injured in a drive-by shooting in Hamarjajab district of Mogadishu.
According to witnesses and local residents at around 8-AM today a vehicle belonging to the security services carrying several people was being pursued by an unidentified vehicle carrying armed men who opened much fire on the pursued vehicle causing it crash into the sidewalk, with the assailants driving off.
Two of those in the car died at the scene, they were identified as Ibrahim Ahmed Farah, deputy chief of the counter terrorism unit, and another unidentified officer, two others who were injured in the shooting were taken to the Medina Hospital.
“I saw two small vehicles driving at high speed, it was a chase, with the one behind firing many bullets on the one in front of it. The car carrying the attackers drove off, when we came close to the attacked car, we saw two people dead and two others injured” said an eyewitness who spoke to Harar24. “Initially we were told that they were journalists who were attacked, though it appeared later that they were actually intelligence officers” he added.
The attack was claimed by the militant Al-Shabaab movement, according to their military spokesman Abu Mus’ab Abdulaziz, who spoke to local reporters saying that they carried out the attack killing “important figures” who were “Allah’s enemies and agents for the Crusaders”.
Today’s assassinations are part of a wave of an unprecedented number of targeted killings and explosions in the city, with the last major attack targeting the presidential palace, which left several people dead, while Al-Shabaab threatens of further attacks.