A top elder was shot dead from Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi's clan overnight Saturday in Mogadishu, a spokesman from the premier's office said.
"May Allah bless him, Moalim Harun Moalim Yusuf was one of the prominent Somali clan chiefs, and he was killed by two men armed with pistols as he returned from evening prayers," Abdel Lahi Mohieddin Odka said.
"He died instantly," the spokesman added.
The elder was the chief negotiator for the Mudulod, one of the most important clans in Mogadishu.
One of the victim's neighbors, Ali Yusuf Ga'al, said large numbers of mourners spent the night at the clan leader's house to pay their respects.
An Agence France-Presse correspondent in the restive Somali capital said it was the first time in years a clan elder of Moalim Yusuf's rank had been assassinated in Mogadishu.
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