Somalia’s Al-Shabaab Says It Killed Regional Security Head

Somali Islamist militants claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior security official in the capital of the Horn of Africa country’s Lower Shabelle region.

Ibrahim Mohamed, the regional head of the Somali National Intelligence Agency, was shot dead by one of his bodyguards late Tuesday, police officer Hassan Mohamud said by phone from Jowhar, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of the national capital, Mogadishu. The assailant escaped and police are investigating the attack in which Mohamed’s deputy was also seriously wounded, Mohamud said.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group al-Shabaab said it was behind the attack in a statement aired by Radio Andalus, which supports its insurgency.

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