Wednesday, October 7, 2015
MOGADISHU (HOL)—Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a nephew of the Somali president in Mogadishu in the latest attack in the horn of Africa nation where militants have stepped up attacks against the government and African Union forces, police said on Wednesday.
Liban Osman Ilmi was shot dead along with his friend doctor were killed in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district where security officials said suspected militants have killed dozens of people in similar attacks in the past few years.
Witnesses in the district told HOL that the attackers have sprayed bullets on a car carrying the two men who were heading to his hospital workplace.
The assailants have escaped, however, police officials said security forces have launched an investigation aimed at apprehending the attackers.
Al-shabab which is waging a deadly insurgency across Somalia says it was behind attacks
Mr. Ilmi’s father has recently died in a hospital in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The development comes as allied forces from the African Union and Somali government continue ousting militants from towns and villages still under their control, however, security experts say that the militants group which hasn’t put any much resistance towards the troops are now changing their military tactics by concentrating on guerrilla attacks in Somalia rather than defending their strongholds.
Somalia’s prime minister has recently vowed his government would push militants out of the strongholds still under their control.