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Security Forces Mistakenly Shoot Somali’s Youngest Minister to Death



Abbas Siraji

Officials say Somali security forces attached to the country’s Auditor-General, Nur Farah, shot dead the minister for public works in his car in the capital Mogadishu, after mistaking him for an Islamist militant.

Mogadishu mayoral spokesman Abdifatah Halane said the minister, Abbas Siraji, 31, who was also a lawmaker, was killed “by mistake”. “They opened fire on his car accidentally. May God rest his soul,” he said.

Siraji, a former refugee who spent large parts of his life at a camp in Kenya, had been the youngest member of Somalia’s new cabinet.

Police Major Nur Hussein told Reuters that security forces on patrol encountered a car blocking the street and, believing it was being driven by militants, opened fire.

Al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militants often carry out attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in their campaign to topple Somalia’s government and drive out African Union peacekeeping troops out of the Horn of Africa country.



    May 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    There is more to this story, this can’t be all.

    • NIRA

      May 5, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Exactly! Assassination.

  2. o

    May 4, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    What??? What kind of “by mistake” is that? Someone​ wanted this young man dead. Nothing else makes sense. Does it mean they shoot at every single car blocking the street? You shoot at a car without knowing for sure a terrorist is in it??

    May his soul rest in peace. This is murder

    • Uberhaute looks

      May 4, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Truly it is a murder and this story stinks to high heavens. Africa my Africa, when will your heart stop beating drums of war instead of peace and prosperity for your people?
      Rip to the young man

  3. Bennie

    May 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

    May his soul rest in peace, too bad

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