0409 GMT February 18, 2019
The terrorists drove up to a tuk-tuk vehicle carrying the soldiers in Mogadishu’s Karan district and opened fire, killing all four of them on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters.
“We heard the gunfire and we rushed to the scene but ... the killers escaped,” police captain Farah Aden told Reuters.
Al-Shabaab members also shot two people dead in the Wardigley district in the heart of the city, he added. The terrorists said the two were an officer and his bodyguard, in a statement claiming responsibility for both attacks.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said the members also set off a car bomb that seriously injured a man working for the Finance Ministry. There was no immediate comment from the authorities.
Al-Shabaab has launched regular guerrilla attacks across the country since the army backed by African peacekeepers pushed it out of the capital in 2011.
On Monday, the group kidnapped more than 60 elders from Galgadud, in the central, semiautonomous state of Galmudug, officials said.
Al-Shabaab said it took the local leaders because their sub-clan had refused to pay full compensation for five people killed from another clan. “We do not want the two clans to fight again,” said Abdullahi Abu Khalid, named as Al-Shabaab’s governor for Galgadud.
The terrorist group has kept up a presence in remote parts of Somalia, many of them already riven by years of ethnic rivalries and blood feuds.
Galmudug’s president, Ahmed Duale Gele Haaf, said the terrorists had kidnapped 62 elders in a bid to destabilize his region. “They will either kill them or order them to spread chaos,” he said.
He accused the central government in Mogadishu of not giving enough resources or troops to protect the region.
Somalia has been gripped by violence and lawlessness since Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled in 1991.