31 July 2012

Somalia: Traditional Elder and His Brother Killed in Galkayo

Galkayo, Somalia — Two brothers who were shot dead in Galkayo on Monday as they were leaving a mosque were buried early Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.

Abdullahi Mohamed Hasan was one of the men killed Monday evening; he was a renowned traditional elder in the city which came as a great shock to many residents of Galkayo.

Mr. Hasan and his brother Osman were killed after breaking their fast as they were departing from a mosque in a busy neighborhood of the city.

According to local sources, a third man was also killed after he had tried to tackle the shooter of the two brothers. His name has not been disclosed as of yet.

Puntland police in Mudug region, stated that they had apprehended possible suspects in the murder. The police officials said that they would give further details after they had concluded their investigation.

Both brothers were laid to rest in Galkayo's Irjeefa graveyard. Mudug region government officials, police officials, traditional elders attended the funerals of both brothers.

Shortly after the funeral, Mayor of Galkayo Saeed Abdi Farah gave a statement to press vowing that they would catch the killer of these heinous crimes and would catch the killers behind previous assassinations in the city.

Mayor Farah also spoke of the significance of Abdullahi's work in the city who according to the Mayor was very dedicated in improving security and development in the city.

The Mayor also praised the man who had tried to tackle the shooter, advising residents of Galkayo to be as brave as he was and to try to put an end to these public assassinations.

The assassination of both men in the holy month of Ramadan, has shocked Galkayo residents who had been recovering from a kidnapping of three aid workers 20 kms outside the city earlier this month.

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