A witness says at least two Somali government soldiers were shot and killed by armed assailants on the outskirts of Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Tuesday night.
Two men armed with pistols have gunned down the soldiers at a teashop in Arbiska area located near Mogadishu and fled the scene before the security forces arrived.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the assassinations, but, such attacks targeting government security force members are often carried out by Al Shabaab.
In a separate incident, Somali troops nabbed a man suspected of planting a landmine at Bood-Bood village which lies around Afgoye town in Lower Shabelle region on Wednesday.
Somali army has intensified offensive against Al Shabaab in the region over the past few months as part of the government’s plan to flush out the militants from the entire country.