MOGADISHU (HAN) June 28.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. Somalia Al-Shabaab militants killed a senior military officer in Wadajir district in the capital Mogadishu, officials said Tuesday.
Ministry of Internal Security spokesman Abdikamil Moalim Shukri confirmed to Xinhua the killing of Col. Hassan Barre Rage, saying security forces are pursuing the attackers.
“Al-Shabaab militants shot down Col. Rage, a military commander at Nasteho village in Wadajir district in Benadir region on Monday night, the perpetrators escaped from the scene, but security forces are conducting operation in the area. But no one has been arrested,” Shukri said.
The spokesman added the security forces are also still pursuing perpetrators who killed a young man in Waberi district in Mogadishu on the same night.
Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the killing of the military officer. At least 16 were killed and 30 others injured when the militants stormed a hotel in Mogadishu on Saturday.
Somalia National Army (SNA) backed by the African Union peacekeeping troops flushed out the group from the capital in 2011.
But the insurgents still carry out deadly attacks against government officials, social gatherings, African Union and SNA bases in the south and central Somalia.