MOGADISHU, Somalia Apr 30 - A commander of Islamist hardliners factionAl ShababTerrorist
was shot and killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu Thursday morning, reports.
The dead militant, identified only as Sheikh Muktar, was killed while sitting in front of an electric shop he owned inside Bakara Market, witnesses said."Three masked men shot the victim several times in the head and escaped," said a witness who did not want to be named.
No group has claimed responsibility for the killing, but Al Shabaab has been accused of targeting and assassinating Somali government officials and Islamic Courts Union militia commanders in recent weeks.Islamist hardliners like Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam have rejected the Somali interim government, led by Islamist moderate Sheikh Sharif Ahmed as president, accusing the president of being a puppet of the West.The Islamist rebels have demanded that African Union peacekeepers leave the country, but President Sheikh Sharif recently defended the presence of the peacekeepers. READ:
Somalia has been mired in armed conflict since the early 1990s and has defied numerous attempts to restore national order. President Sheikh Sharif's government is the 15th attempt to restore order in the war-torn Horn of Africa country.