2 So­mali law­mak­ers killed in Mo­gadishu

Daily Trust - - AFRICA -

Two So­mali law­mak­ers have been as­sas­si­nated in Mo­gadishu, within 24 hours of each other, in at­tacks claimed by the So­mali mil­i­tant group al-Shabab. The lat­est killings un­der­score the se­cu­rity chal­lenges fac­ing the So­mali govern­ment.

So­mali of­fi­cials say uniden­ti­fied gun­men shot and killed par­lia­ment mem­ber Ab­di­aziz Isaak Mur­sal as he was leav­ing his home in the cap­i­tal early Tues­day.

A day ear­lier, an­other MP, Isaak Mo­hammed, was killed by a bomb hid­den in his car. The ex­plo­sion left an­other law­maker se­ri­ously wounded.

The mil­i­tant group al-Shabab has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for both at­tacks.

So­mali Prime Min­is­ter Ab­di­weli Sheikh Ahmed con­demned Tues­day’s killing and said such vi­o­lence only strength­ens So­ma­lia’s re­solve to de­feat ter­ror­ism.

A spokesman for the prime min­is­ter, Rid­waan Haji, praised the work of the two law­mak­ers.

“Both MP’s were com­mit­ted to help the coun­try, they were re­ally tire­lessly sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and they wanted to see So­ma­lia in a peace­ful way,” Haji said.

Al-Shabab fighters have launched spo­radic but dev­as­tat­ing at­tacks against the govern­ment in Mo­gadishu and against in­ter­na­tional agencies work­ing in the cap­i­tal.

The Is­lamist group, which used to con­trol huge swathes of Mo­gadishu, has been un­der pres­sure in re­cent weeks, as the African Union peace­keep­ing force, known as AMISOM, has re­claimed at least 10 towns pre­vi­ously con­trolled by the mil­i­tants.

Haji said the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try has been im­prov­ing de­spite the re­cent at­tacks, and that the govern­ment will find those re­spon­si­ble.

“It is a con­cern and the govern­ment will [use] all its ef­forts to in­ves­ti­gate and pro­tect mem­bers of par­lia­ment or other cit­i­zens in the coun­try,” Haji said. AMISOM also has con­demned the at­tacks, say­ing on Twit­ter Tues­day that the force “will work with So­mali se­cu­rity forces to en­sure the per­pe­tra­tors are brought to jus­tice.”

Mourn­ers carry the body of So­mali law­maker Ab­di­aziz Isaq Mur­sal for burial in the So­mali cap­i­tal, Mo­gadishu yes­ter­day.

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