A senior police commander was shot dead on Wednesday in the Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland.

Police said the police chief was gunned down by armed men in the center of Bosaso town in Bari region.

“Armed men gunned down deputy police commander Abdi Dhere and drove off. We are already investigating and all those behind the murder will face justice,” police officer Abdisalam Ahmed told Media.

Residents also reported the incident. “We were sitting near a restaurant and we heard some shooting. People were saying a police officer was killed,” Jamal Elmi told Media.

Al shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack but Al-Shabaab has conducted similar attacks in Somalia, most of which were in the capital Mogadishu.