Gunmen kill three family members in central Somalia

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Unidentified gunmen shot dead three members of the same family in central Somali town on Friday night the latest in series of deadly incidents in the region that has many fearing for their own safety.

The overnight attack took place in Beledweyne, a town in Hiiraan region, officials told HOL on Saturday. The attackers were targeting a local elder Ahmed Aden Hassan, killing him, his eight years old son and a bodyguard from the family, confirmed by Mohamed Osman, the governor of the town.

The gunmen also wounded the elder’s wife during the attack.

Authorities launched an investigation into the incident; however, no arrests have so far been made.

No group has immediately claimed the responsibility for the attack.

The latest attack comes few weeks after gunmen murdered a well-known businessman Omar Mohamed in the town which serves as a key base for the African Union forces backing the western-backed government.

 

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