Somali minister shot dead near presidential palace

Somali minister shot dead near presidential palace

Somalia’s public works Minister Abdullahi Sheikh Abas has been killed after an attack on his convoy in the capital, Mogadishu.

He was shot in his car near the presidential palace.

Mr Abas was a former refugee who grew up in Dadaab camp in Kenya, home to hundreds of thousands of Somalis who fled drought and civil war.

He became the country’s youngest MP last November, aged 31, when he defeated a former minister.

The president has not commented on the circumstances of Mr Abas’ killing, however mentioned he had ordered safety chiefs to “instantly unravel this unlucky tragedy” and ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

Information Minister Abdirahman Osman mentioned a number of individuals had been arrested, however didn’t give particulars, state-owned Radio Mogadishu reported.

Much of Somalia is still under the control of Islamist Militant group Al-Shabaab, which is affiliated to Al-Qaeda.

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