Unidentified assailants suspected to be Al shabaab have shot and killed a civilian woman in northern Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday night, eyewitnesses said.

The woman – Dahabo Dhuhuley was gunned down at Siliga nighbourhood in Mogadishu’s Yaqshiid district, after pistol-wielding assassins stormed her house in the evening.

The killers escaped the crime scene before the arrival of the local security forces, who cordoned off the site and launched a manhunt for the suspects, but no arrest was reported.

It’s still unclear the motive behind the murder of the woman, which is a rare in the capital, beset by string of attacks, including assassinations, and car bombings by Al shabaab in the past.