Shot dead in Somalia terror attack
Tributes to Sharjah resident caught up in Al Shabaab assault as he visited father at Mogadishu hotel
Family and friends have paid tribute to a UAE resident, who was killed by terrorists while on a visit to Somalia.
Fouad Amin Abubaker, a Somali living in Sharjah, was among 15 victims of an Al Shabaab attack in Mogadishu on Saturday.
The 29-year-old American University of Sharjah graduate was at the Nasa Hablod Hotel in the Somali capital when gunmen struck.
Authorities said the assailants drove a 4x4 laden with explosives into the gate, before storming the building, firing indiscriminately at hotel guests. Twenty others were wounded. Abubaker was buried in Somalia and a service was held in Sharjah yesterday.
Rik Aby, 30, one of his closest friends, told 7DAYS that friends and family have been left devastated.
Aby said his friend was at the hotel with his father, who lives in the capital.
He said: “His father decided to go out and run some errands outside of the hotel.
“However, the unthinkable happened and Fouad was killed in this heinous attack by Al Shabaab extremists.”
Aby said Abubaker’s brother Fahmi told him the family had frantically phoned their father and he said Abubaker was still inside the hotel. It was later confirmed he had been killed.
Aby shared a message describing the attack, that he said was sent to him by Fahmi.
It read: “I heard the news around 6pm and that’s around 20 minutes after the explosion. I called my dad in panic and I found out that Fouad was still in the hotel.
“In no time, information about the hotel bombing was already on the news. My brother was buried yesterday in Mogadishu and my dad is still there.”
The note continued: “My father’s passport is still being searched for under the rubble and we hope police could find it soon Inshallah so that he can come back to us as soon as possible. “God bless my little brother Fouad.” Aby added: “I have had the pleasure of knowing Fouad and his family for over seven years and we shared good times together. “Fouad had an amazing talent and the sharp wit of a comedian. “He used his other talents of languages of which he spoke five; Arabic English, French, Somali and I believe German. He was also an intelligent businessman and a savvy entrepreneur. “I remember he always had a smile on his face and in his soul and a funny story up his sleeves.” Aby said his friend Abu Baker had submitted a proposal that would make use of his native Somalia's solar energy and water sources to power the country. Aby said Abubaker was in Somalia and staying in the hotel as he worked on the proposal when he was killed. He added: “God Bless you Fouad. I will miss everything about him and will always smile just as he always had and will try to do a fraction of what he offered the world.”
VICTIM: Fouad Amin Abubaker was killed in an Al Shabaab attack on a hotel in Somalia