Islamist group al-Shabab says it has shot dead a prominent MP Ahmed Mohamud Hayd in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu.
Witnesses say he was killed in a drive-by after he left his hotel in a heavily policed area. His bodyguard was also killed and a parliamentary secretary wounded in the shooting.
Al-Shabab, which is reportedly linked to al-Qaeda, has vowed to step up attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The killing of Hayd – a former army commander and government minister – has shocked many people as the shooting is seen as a brazen attack.
Al-Shabab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab confirmed the group had carried out the “targeted assassination”.