An Islamic State assassin killed a traffic officer in Mogadishu near Bakara market where he was stationed.
The attack was filmed by IS militants who claimed responsibility. The attacker, dressed in powder blue button down and ‘somalia blue’ pants approached the officer from behind and shot him dead in broad daylight.
Police are searching for the gunman and his accomplice who were able to escape.
Security analysts have noted that the Islamic State has been ratcheting up its operations in Somalia with a significant increase in assassinations inside Somalia. In 2018, ISIS militants are believed to be behind at least 15 attacks inside Somalia.
The group’s modus operandi appears to be the targeted assassinations of intelligence and police officers whilst filming the murders for propaganda purposes.