The al Qaeda-linked group has stepped up gun and bomb attacks in the Horn of Africa nation. Six people were killed in an attack on a vehicle carrying U.N. staff in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Monday, and a suicide bomber killed 10 in a restaurant in Mogadishu on Tuesday.
"Gunmen killed my colleague, Major Sabriye today. They hit him with several bullets in the heart and he died. The attackers escaped," Col. Abdullahi Hussein, a military officer, told Reuters.