At least two Somali government soldiers were shot dead in separate overnight attacks in Mogadishu, the latest in a string of such assassinations in the capital over the past years.

Eyewitnesses say assailants armed with pistols have carried out the soldiers’ killing which took place in different parts in the seaside city in the evening.

The first soldier was killed in Shibis district while the second one was executed at Bar-Ubah junction by gunmen, believed to be Al Shabaab assassins.

Somali security forces cordoned off the shooting scenes and launched a manhunt operation, but no arrests have been reported until now.

No group has yet claimed credit for the attacks, but, the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militants often carry out targeted killings against security force members in the capital.