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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
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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.

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