Somalia: Female district official shot dead in Mogadishu

Published: August 30, 2015

Somalia: Female district official shot dead in MogadishuA female district administrator has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Police has confirmed.
Saido Sheikh Mursal, who was an official in the Hamar Jajab district, was killed near her home on Saturday evening, Police officials told local media. Gunmen managed to escape from the scene before the arrival of security forces.
No group has yet claimed the responsibility of the latest assassination in the capital.
Mogadishu has witnessed numerous assassinations of security and government officials carried out by unknown gunmen, with al-Shabaab claiming part of the attacks.
Government assassinations are nothing new as al-Shabaab tactic, but now the extremists are taking aim at officials who are much more low-level, who often do not have the sort of bodyguards or other protection that top leaders do. Some of the victims have only the slimmest connections to the authorities.
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