Al-Shabab militants have shot dead a provincial governor and his brother in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Mohamed Ali Elmi, the governor of Galgadud region in central Somalia, and his brother were gunned down in Mogadishu’s Yaaqshid neighborhood Friday night, witnesses said.
The governor was visiting relatives when gunmen who trailed him opened fire. Witnesses said the gunmen fled before security forces arrived.
“Our mujahedeen unit carried [out] an operation to kill the governor,” al-Shabab said in a statement posted on a website affiliated with the group.
The incident occurred less than three hours after a car packed with explosives blew up in the center of the capital, killing at least three civilians.