Somalia regional minister shot dead by unknown gunmen

A Somali regional minister has been reportedly shot dead by unknown gunmen in the town of Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region.

According to a police officer, Abdifatah Hassan in Jowhar town revealed that Hirshabelle State Agriculture Minister Abdukadir Abukar was shot dead minutes after the evening prayer on Monday, August 17.

“The gunmen attacked minister Abdukadir Abukar while he was going to his house from a nearby mosque,” Hassan said, adding the attackers fled the scene.

He further added that the security forces immediately rushed to the scene after the shooting and started an investigation into the incident.

Authorities believe the al-Shabaab group is behind the attack.

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