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Unknown gunmen killed a Galmudug’s government official, Abdi Diriye (known as Gurey), in the southern part of Galkayo, according to government officials.
“Gunmen killed Abdi Diriye. He was one of our senior officers in the revenue office. They killed him while he was alone,” Ahmed Baasto, Galmudug’s deputy minister for internal affairs, told Somalia Report by phone.
Residents said Abdi was in his office before the attack.
"Abdi was killed while he was on duty by unknown militia armed with pistols," said Abdulawahid Moalim, a resident in southern Galkayo.
No group has claimed responsibility for the killing.
“We can't blame this any one yet, because we are still investigating what happened. Police arrived in the area and they are carrying out an investigation about the incident. We will release a statement after investigation,” Ahmed added.
Galmudug’s governor of Mudug region, Mohamoud Guure, also confirmed the killings.
Separately, gunmen killed an East Africa University official in Bosaso, Puntland’s commercial hub.
Dr Ahmed Haji Abdirahman was killed while he was coming out from the Al-Rawada Mosque on Sunday night.
“Unknown men armed with pistols have killed Dr Ahmed while he was coming out from the Masjid in Biyo-kulule village. Police arrived on the scene but no one was arrested yet,” Liibaan, a resident in Bosaso told Somalia Report.
The killing has been strongly condemned by Puntland officials as well as religious scholars.
Puntland president Mohammed Farole told the local media that his government was saddened to receive the news of the brutal killing.
"We strongly condemn it. Somalia has lost a great servant," he said.
He urged people to be vigilant and united against elements that work to destablize the country and promised that his government will carry out a full-scale investigation.
Local officials also condemned the murder.
Speaking at afternoon prayers at Al-Huda Mosque, the largest mosque in Garowe, Sheikh Habib condemned those behind the killing of one of the most respected and well-known scholars in the region.
He urged the Somali community to be united in dealing such a brutal and cowardly killings that have rocked in Puntland cities in recent months.
"The enemy hunts down everyone whose main aim is to help our people. We need to condemn such actions," he said.
Dr Ahmed Haji Abdirahman was a well-known scholar across Somalia and a founding member and lecturer at East Africa University in Bosaso.