Published On: Mon, Oct 24th, 2016

Top Somali army general shot dead in Mogadishu

Armed Al Shabaab assassins have shot and killed a senior Somali army officer in Mogadishu, the latest in series of targeted assassinations in the east Africa country.

A witness speaking on condition of anonymity said two pistol-wielding men thought to be Al Shabaab members gunned down the officer who was identified as Gen Abdulaziz Araye.

The shooting took place in Mogadishu’s Waberi district on Monday afternoon.

The gunmen fled the scene shortly after the killing. Somali security forces have subsequently reached the site of the crime and conducted a manhunt for the suspects.

The militant group of Al Shabaab said it was behind the murder of the army general. Somali security officials did not comment on the killing.

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