MOGADISHU - Islamic militants have claimed responsibility for the assassination of a member of parliament on Friday in the semi-autonomous northern Somalia state of Puntland. Lawmaker Said Hussein Nur was shot dead as he left a mosque after evening prayers. ‘The Mujahedeen fighters got rid of an apostate member in the Puntland parliament in northern Galkayo,’ said a statement from Al-Shebab, Somalia’s Al-Qaeda aligned militants. ‘Such attacks will continue’, said the statement, posted on a Shebab website. Puntland’s vice president, Abdihakin Abdulahi Haji, confirmed the attack.

 ‘A member of the Puntland parliament was assassinated in Galkayo and even though we do not have details about the ongoing investigations, we suspect that the violent elements are responsible for the killing,’ Haji told reporters, referring to the Shebab.