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Sep 23, 2012 at 10:24am IST

Newly-elected Somali MP Mustaf Haji Mohamed shot dead

Mogadishu: Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a member of the new Somali parliament, Xinhua reported.

According to the state radio, Mustaf Haji Mohamed was murdered as he left a mosque in Mogadishu's Waberi district Saturday.

The assassinated MP was newly elected to the 275-member parliament.

Newly-elected Somali MP shot dead

Al Qaeda-linked outfit al Shabaab had vowed to target members of the new parliament.

The killers escaped after the attack, for which no one has claimed responsibility.

However, al Qaeda-linked outfit al Shabaab has vowed to target members of the new legislature.

The al Shabaab has been under pressure from Somali government forces and African Union peacekeeping troops at the southern port city of Kismayo, the last major city under its control.