Islamist commander shot dead in Somali capital of Mogadishu.

Somalia Fighting

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MOGADISHU, Oct. 9 — Unidentified gunmen on Friday shot dead four people including a senior Islamist commander from one of the main rebel groups in Somalia, a spokesman for the group said.

    Ahmed Abdurrahman Odawa, better known as “Taliban”, was killed along with two of his bodyguards and a nearby civilian in a drive-by shooting by unknown gunmen, Mohamed Osman Arus, spokesman for Hezbul Islam faction which the commander belonged to, told Xinhua.

    “We do not know who was behind the killing of the official, but we are investigating,” Arus said.

    Witnesses in the area said the Islamist commander was attacked in a crowded market place where two other people were injured.

    No group has so far claimed responsibility for the killing.

    The attack, which took place on the outskirts of Mogadishu, came as Hezbul Islam and Al-Shabaab Islamist movements have recently been involved in the fighting over the control of the southern port town of Kismayu, 500 km south of Mogadishu.

    The port city is now under the control of Al-Shabaab after the hardline group drove out fighters of Hezbul Islam following fierce battles between them last week.

    The two groups have since had an uneasy relations but have recently held talks and agreed to set up a joint commission to sort out their differences “in accordance with the Islamic Sharia law” and continue with the fight against the Somali government and African Union peacekeeping forces in Mogadishu.

    Meanwhile, in a separate development, the clashes between Somali government forces and Islamist fighters in a small central Somalia town, Baada, left three combatants dead.

    Somalia has had no strong central government since the ouster of former ruler Mohamed Siyad Barre in 1991.

Source:    chinaview

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