MOGADISHU, Somalia – A Somali police officer says gunmen have shot and killed a Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu.
Hassan Abdullahi said two gunmen shot and killed Sheikh Aden Mader on Friday as he left a mosque. Mader, a former minister in the Somali government, is the fifth Somali parliamentarian to be killed this year.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked group of militants, often carries out attacks against government officials and African Union troops in Somalia.
Bombings and assassinations have increased in the Somali capital in recent months, prompting fears of a return to daily violence in a city that has enjoyed a relative period of calm since al-Shabab was pushed out of the capital in 2011.