Somali lawmaker gunned down in Mogadishu

Violence in Mogadishu - Credit- Omar Faruq-IPS

Violence in Mogadishu – Credit- Omar Faruq-IPS

MOGADISHU (AA) – A Somali lawmaker was shot dead Friday outside a mosque in Somali capital Mogadishu, eyewitnesses said.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Sheikh Adam Mohamed Deir, the head of the parliament’s financial committee, and drove away, according to eyewitnesses.

There was no claim of responsibility for Friday’s attack.

Deir is the second lawmaker to be targeted in Somalia within a week.

Last Wednesday, Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the assassination of female lawmaker Sada Ali in Mogadishu.

Eight lawmakers have been killed since the establishment of Somalia’s 275-member parliament in 2012.

Somalia, located in the Horn of Africa, has remained in the grip of political violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The troubled country recently appeared to inch closer to stability with the installation of a new government and the intervention of Kenya-led African Union troops tasked with bringing Al-Shabaab to heel.


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