Shot dead in So­ma­lia ter­ror at­tack

Trib­utes to Shar­jah res­i­dent caught up in Al Shabaab as­sault as he vis­ited fa­ther at Mo­gadishu ho­tel

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

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

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