Gunmen kill three women two of them were pregnant in Mogadishu

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Unidentified gunmen shot dead three women, two of whom were pregnant, in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday, police said. In a statement, the law enforcers said the incident took place in the volatile Daynile district, and that further investigations are underway. According to Anadolu Agency.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but police suspect al-Qaeda affiliated insurgent group al-Shabaab could be behind the attack.

The killings come a day after a suicide car bomb blast targeted a security checkpoint near the federal parliament, killing at least two people and wounding 11 others. Al-Shabaab had claimed responsibility. There has been a recent rise in attacks as uncertainty over presidential and parliamentary elections remains. The president’s term expired last week.

Police suspect al-Shabaab militants could be behind the attack.