3 separate assassinations in Mogadishu today within the span of 12 hours
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Even though assassinations inside the Somali capital are not uncommon, but three assassinations in a span of twelve hours has left residents just bewildered. Today’s events were extraordinary as perpetrators were neither caught nor did anyone claim responsibility.
The first assassination took place at Wadajir district where Unidentified gun men assassinated an elder who was in charge of the government’s census program in the Wadajir district.
The gun men assassinated the elder while he was leaving his house to go his office witnesses told our reporter over the phone.
The other two assassinations took place at the Yaqshid and Hodan districts where gun men killed Somali government soldiers and made way with their guns in broad day light.
So far one has claimed responsibility for the killings and no one was arrested for these crimes. Residents in Mogadishu witness these sorts of incidents all the time, but after three assassinations in half of a day people have started asking themselves where the security forces are.
This comes just after a few days the Somali Police Force announced to the public for the first time an emergency number to call when they see a crime or feel they are in a situation of emergency. A lot of the people whom we’ve spoken to complained that the emergency number maybe futile, as they complain that they’ve rang the number countless times yet no one on the other end of the line responds.
In other developments suspected Al-Shabaab members attacked Ethiopian forces near the city Beledweyn last night.
Residents in Beledweyn reported hearing heavy fighting near the Ethiopian base located in the outskirts of the city.
One resident who spoke to Harar24 over the phone said ”A few moments before midnight we started hearing intense shooting which lasted for about an hour, it was absolutely terrifying”
No one has yet claimed this attack, however it is believed that the Al-Shabaab group was behind the attack as they usually attack the Ethiopian and Djiboutian forces in Beledweyne.