Top opposition official killed in Somaliland’s eastern town of Lasanod

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Gunmen killed the chairman of Ucid opposition party for the eastern region of Sool in the town of Lasanod on Monday night amid escalating tensions over an upcoming presidential vote.

Mohamed Ahmed Aflahar was shot dead outside his home in the restive town in the east of the break-away state, though no one has yet claimed responsibility for the assassination.

Local security officials confirmed his death, but gave no further details. A number of local officials, judges and security personnel have been killed in the town over the past years. In an attempt to restore peace, authorities expelled thousands of refugees from southern Somalia, but the attacks have shown no sign of abating.

Ucid opposition party has sent condolences to Aflahar’s family and friends over his death.

It comes days after several opposition figures, including the leader of Waddani Party Hersi Ali said their homes had come under overnight attacks. On Thursday, gunfire exchange involving police was reported in the residence of the party’s presidential candidate.

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