An Ethiopian intelligence official was assassinated Friday evening in the Puntland-controlled northern Galkayo, according to police and eyewitness accounts.
Mukhtar Sheik Ali was working at the Ethiopian mission when two gunmen shot him several times in the head while he sat in front of his hotel at about 8:30 p.m. local time, Abdi Fitah Ali told an AHN reporter. Sheik Ali was pronounced dead on the scene.
The two gunmen were caught and arrested, police sources said. Police said they found the weapons, two handguns, on the gunmen, and they are being questioned at Galkayo’s central prison.
The slain official formerly served as the mayor of Galaadi city in the Somali inhabitant region of eastern Ethiopia before he was transferred to the Ethiopian government mission in Puntland.
“We are investigating them to find out who was really behind this brutal assassination and where it was arranged” a police officer who demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media told AHN by telephone from Galkayo on Saturday morning.
On Thursday, Dr. Abdirahman Mahmoud Faroole, the president of the semiautonomous Somali State of Puntland, fired the governor of the Mudug region and the city’s mayor for allegedly failing to tackle the growing insecurity in Galkayo, which is party controlled by the Galmudug state.
Shafi’i Abokar, AHN