World
Al Shabaab claims responsibility for slain Somali lawmaker
Publish Date: Jul 03, 2014
Al Shabaab claims responsibility for slain Somali lawmaker
Somali MPs pray over the body of slain Somali lawmaker Ahmed Mohamud Hayd during his funeral in Mogadishu. AFP Photo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

SOMALIA's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed responsiblity for shooting dead a lawmaker and wounding another on Thursday, the latest in a surge of attacks in Mogadishu during Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

"This was a targeted assassination. We also wounded another MP and two body guards," Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP.

Witness said MP Ahmed Mohamud Hayd, a former minister and a senior army commander, was killed in the capital's port district, one of the most heavily policed areas in the heart of the city.

Gunmen in a car opened fire on the lawmakers as they left a hotel, spraying bullets at the small group of people.

"We will continue to hunt other MPs if they do not leave the apostate organisation," Abu Musab added.

The Shebab have vowed to intensify attacks during Ramadan.

"They were going to attend a parliament session when they have come under attack, one of the lawmakers was confirmed dead," fellow MP Abdi Bare Yusuf told reporters after the attack.

Shebab fighters fled fixed positions in Mogadishu three years ago and have since lost most large towns to a 22,000-strong UN-backed African Union force, fighting alongside government soldiers.

But they still hold sway in vast swathes of the rural hinterland from which they regularly launch guerrilla raids.

Recent Shebab attacks in Somalia have targeted key areas of government, or the security forces, in an apparent bid to discredit claims by the authorities and AU troops that they are winning the war.

Related stories

Somalia declares new war on al-Shabaab

Al Shabaab claims attack on Kenya army convoy

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Angry man flushes wife
A Japanese man turned himself in to authorities after trying to flush the ashes of his "hated" dead wife down a supermarket toilet....
Thousands flee after landslide blocks Nepal river
Thousands of panic-stricken villagers fled their homes fearing flash floods after an overnight landslide blocked a river in quake-hit Nepal''s mountainous north-west, officials said Sunday....
Morsi, secular camp in dock for
Ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi went on trial Saturday alongside several secular figures behind Egypt''s 2011 uprising, underlining a crackdown on all forms of dissent....
Eiffel Tower reopens after staff walk out over pickpockets
Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets....
Bank of England admits to researching
The Bank of England revealed Friday that it is researching the economic risks of Britain leaving the European Union....
Migrant drownings: Africa
African leaders have been silent over an issue they fear underlines their weak governance, say campaigners....
Should politicians be banned from addressing religious gatherings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter