Three members of Somalia’s security forces have been shot dead by al-Shabab fighters in the capital, Mogadishu.
Two traffic police men were killed by al-Shabab gunmen along Maka al-Mukarram road, which is a major thoroughfare through the center of Mogadishu, the commander of traffic police, Ali Hirsi said, adding, “The attackers escaped.”
Meanwhile, witnesses said that a soldier was shot and killed by the fighters in a northern district of the capital.
The group claimed responsibility for all three killings.
Al-Shabab has threatened to increase their attacks in Mogadishu during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
This comes as the government and the African Union forces have stepped up security in an effort to prevent assaults by al-Shabab fighters.
Al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu by the African Union troops in 2011. However, the group still holds several smaller towns and areas in the center and south of the country.
Somalia has been the scene of clashes between government forces and al-Shabab fighters since 1991.
The country did not have an effective central government until September 2012, when lawmakers elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president.