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.